Women's Track Team, Stevens Selected Top Academics in the Nation
Aug. 5, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. – The United States Track & Field, Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its annual academic honorees Tuesday for women’s NCAA Division I with the Arizona State University track & field team again earning high acclaim for its success not only on the track and in the field, but also in the classroom. For the second year in a row, the Sun Devil women have been selected as the USTFCCCA Division I Women’s Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year after defending their 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships crown and finishing second outdoors this season.
Individually, nine members of the squad attained USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, marking the third year in a row at least nine student-athletes earned the distinction and just one honor behind the record 10 earned in 2007. Also, for the third year in a row, one Sun Devil earned national recognition for her efforts as Sarah Stevens was honored as the 2008 USTFCCCA Division I Women’s Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. Last year, Stevens earned the indoor honor and followed the program’s first recipient in Victoria Jackson, who was named the 2006 outdoor honoree after winning the 10,000m run at the NCAA Championships.
Stevens was a four-time All-American in 2008 and won a national title in the discus while also placing third in the hammer and sixth in the shot put at the outdoor championships. She is a three-time recipient of academic honors from the USTFCCCA after earning acclaim in 2006 and 2007.
“I would argue that during my tenure at Arizona State University that Sarah Stevens has been our most complete student-athlete,” head coach Greg Kraft said. “Obviously, this award speaks to Sarah’s academic prowess, but she has also been the president of ASU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council while on the track leading our team to three national championships. Her commitment to Sun Devil athletics has been truly awesome.”
Joining Stevens on the academic list this year are Jacquelyn Johnson, Ali Kielty, Jenna Kingma, April Kubishta, Dominique' Maloy, Lissa Regets, Angela Spadafino and Alana Waterford. The honor is the fifth for Kingma, the most of any Sun Devil, after she earned track & field honors in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and cross country honors in 2006 and 2007. Along with Stevens, both Kielty and Kubishta earned their third honors while Regets and Spadafino claimed their second. Johnson, Maloy and Waterford each earned their first.
As a team, the Sun Devils carried a cumulative GPA of 3.270 during the season and were selected as the top all-around program of the 117 Division I programs that maintained at least a 3.000 GPA or better during the season. The Sun Devils also were one of only 15 schools to finish in the Top 25 nationally at the NCAA Indoor Championships and one of only 14 to place in the Top 25 outdoor.
To be eligible for academic honors from the Association as an individual, a student-athlete must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and either have recorded a mark to automatically or provisionally qualify her for the NCAA Indoor Championships OR have recorded a mark to qualify for the NCAA Region Championships (or national meet in the 10,000m run and heptathlon).
2008 USTFCCCA Division I Women’s All-Academic Honors
• 2008 Division I Women’s Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Team of the Year - Arizona State
• 2008 Division I Women’s Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year - Sarah Stevens
• 2008 Division I Women’s All-Academic Track & Field Team - Arizona State
• 2008 Division I Women’s All-Academic Track & Field Individuals - Jacquelyn Johnson, Ali Kielty, Jenna Kingma, April Kubishta, Dominique' Maloy, Lissa Regets, Angela Spadafino, Sarah Stevens and Alana Waterford