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NCAA DII mTF All-Academic Athletes

2019 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Men’s Track & Field Athlete Academic Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Daniel Wallis of Queens (N.C.) (Men’s Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year), Ryan Brown of Lincoln (Mo.) (Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year), Myles Hunter of Minnesota State (Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year) and Ricko Meckes of Queens (N.C.) (Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year) were honored by the US. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (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 312 athletes who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. 

Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing individual at the NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships who achieved All-Academic status. Those athletes who won individual NCAA championships ranked higher in the tiebreaking process and cumulative GPA is weighted as the final advantage.

Separate awards were given to track and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, making up the four categories in total. 

Men’s Indoor Scholar Athlete Award History

Year
Track Athlete
Field Athlete
2019
Daniel Wallis, Queens (N.C.)
Ryan Brown, Lincoln (Mo.)
2018
Dustin Nading, Western Oregon
Nolan Ellis, Colorado Mines
2017
Rami Gharsalli, Northwood (Mich.)
Corey Reid, Azusa Pacific
2016
Oliver Aitchison, Adams State
Sedeekie Edie, Lincoln (Mo.)
2015
Tyler Pence, Southen Indiana
Lutalo Boyce, Texas A&M-Kingsville
2014
Brayden Burleigh, Shippensburg

Jeff Piepenbrink, Pittsburg State

2013
Tabor Stevens, Adams State
Brent Vogel, Central issouri
2012
Akino Ming, Johnson C. Smith
Shawn Boss, Central Missouri
2011
Leford Green, Johnson C. Smith
Brent Vogel, Central Missouri
2010
Aaron Braun, Adams State
Christopher Copeland, Saint Augustine’s
2009
Aaron Braun, Adams State
Matthew Gersick, Adams State
2008
Chris Cummings, Mansfield
Matthew Gersick, Adams State
2007
Kim Hogarth, Western State (One award for track & field)

Wallis was selected as Scholar Track Athlete of the indoor season after he compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.88. The graduate student and Guildford, United Kingdom native finished in second overall in the mile and eighth in the 3000, earning First Team All-American honors with his performance across both events. Wallis became the first member of the Queens (N.C.) program to win the Scholar Track Athlete of the Year award during indoors.

Brown was the choice as the Scholar Field Athlete of the indoor campaign as he worked towards a cumulative GPA of 3.37. The sophomore won the national title in the triple jump and placed third in the long jump at the indoor national championships. The St. Catherine, Jamaica native is just the second Blue Tiger in program history to win the award during the indoor season, joining Sedeekie Edie who won the top prize in 2016.

MEN’S OUTDOOR SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD HISTORY

Year
Track Athlete
Field Athlete
2019
Myles Hunter, Minnesota State
Ricko Meckes, Queens (N.C.)
2018
Gatien Airiau, Academy of Art
Nils Fischer, Angelo State
2017
David Ribich, Western Oregon
Rlorian Obst, Texas A&M-Commerce
2016
Oliver Aitchison, Adams State
Cody Thomas, Alaska Anchorage
2015
Tabor Stevens, Adams State
Javan Gray, Texas A&M-Kingsville
2014
Johnnie Guy, Southern Indiana

Kyle Steinhauser, Ashland

David Reinhardt, Slippery Rock

2013
Vegard Olstad, Western State
Garrett Grey, Ashland
2012
Akino Ming, Johnson C. Smith
Derrick Vicars, Findlay
2011
Leford Green, Johnson C. Smith
Brent Vogel, Central Missouri
2010
Mark Husted, Colorado Mines
Miles Beeler, Pittsburg State
2009
Joshua Streeter, Adams State
Camille Vandendriessche, Abilene Christian
2008
Aaron Braun, Adams State
Camille Vandendriessche, Abilene Christian
2007
Aaron Braun, Adams State (One award for track & field)

Hunter was the pick for Scholar Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season after he compiled cumulative GPA of 3.50. The senior and Conyers, Ga. native captured the national crown in the 110H at the outdoor championships. Hunter is first athlete to win a Scholar Athlete of the Year award in Minnesota State program history.

Meckes earned the Scholar Field Athlete of the Year award for his work during the outdoor campaign as he worked his way towards a cumulative GPA of 3.83. The graduate student from Germany won the title in the javelin at the outdoor championships. He is the first athlete in program history to win the Scholar Field Athlete of the Year award during outdoors.

ALL-ACADEMIC INDIVIDUALS

Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 312 men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2018-19 track & field seasons. 

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor season.

2019 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals
NCAA Division II Men’s Track & Field

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