2019 USTFCCCA NAIA Women’s Track & Field Athlete Academic Awards
NEW ORLEANS – Emily Kearney of SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) (Women’s Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year), Destiny Copeland of Indiana Tech (Women’s Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year), Anna Shields of Point Park (Women’s Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year) and Samantha Liermann of Concordia (Neb.) (Women’s Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year) were all honored by the USTFCCCA on Monday.
Combining their accomplishments in the classroom and in competition during the recently completed academic year, these four men were the most exceptional among a group of 272 women from NAIA who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing individual at the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships who achieved All-Academic status. Those athletes who won individual NAIA titles ranked higher in the tiebreaking process and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final advantage.
Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, hence the four categories.
Kearney, a junior from Wirral, England, had a cumulative GPA of 3.85. She doubled up at 2019 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships with victories in the 3000 and 5000.
Copeland, a freshman from Chesapeake, Virginia, had a cumulative GPA of 3.84. She earned an individual title in the long jump at the 2019 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Shields, a senior from Torrington, Connecticut, had a cumulative GPA of 3.57. She won multiple titles at the 2019 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships as she won the 800 and 1500.
Liermann, a senior from Wisner, Nebraska, had a cumulative GPA of 3.98. She finished top-5 in two events at the 2019 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including a national title in the shot put.
Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 272 women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2018-19 track & field seasons.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
- Cumulative GPA: 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, certifiable by either Faculty Rep or Compliance Coordinator or Registrar’s Office. Institutions utilizing a different GPA scale must convert the GPA to a 4.0 scale using the standard conversion method [GPA/Scale x 4.0].
- Athletic criteria for the award can be met in either the indoor season, the outdoor season, or both:
- For the indoor season: must have achieved an “A” or “B” standard in a Championship event, certifiable by their place on the NAIA descending order lists on TFRRS for Indoor Track and Field.
- For the outdoor season: must have achieved an “A” or “B” standard in a Championship event, certifiable by their place on the NAIA descending order lists on TFRRS for Outdoor Track and Field.
- Must have completed at least two (2) semesters or three (3) quarters at the certifying institution.
See below for a full list of women’s athletes honored on Monday.