Track Lands Five USTFCCCA All-Academic
NEW ORLEANS – One day after releasing the 2016-17 track & field team All-Academic recipients, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the individual All-Academic recipients. The University at Albany landed five All-Academic individuals in Anika Hibbard, Matthew LeLiever, Adrian Mitchell, Halie Snyder, and Jason Tomlinson.
In total, 752 women and 516 men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors this season. To qualify, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have either ranked indoors in the top 96 nationally in an individual event or top 48 in a relay
Hibbard, a rising junior high jumper from Bedford, N.H., earns her second consecutive USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic honor. She compiled a 3.30 GPA while double-majoring in Emergency Preparedness (Homeland Security) and Sociology. Indoors, Hibbard ranked 55th nationally in the women’s high
LeLiever, a rising junior sprinter from Mississauga, Canada, has compiled a 3.43 GPA studying Music. He won the 500m at the America East Indoor Championships, setting a championship meet record of 1:02.06, a time that held up at the best in the country for the 2016-17 indoor season. Additionally, LeLiever ran the second leg of the indoor 4x400m relay that set a new school record of 3:08.49, which ranked 42nd nationally.
Mitchell, a rising sophomore javelin thrower from Kingston, Jamaica, compiled a 3.40 GPA studying Economics with a minor in Business. He won the men’s javelin at the America East Outdoor Championships, and placed 11th at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships, advancing to NCAA Outdoor Championships. There, Mitchell placed 14th overall, earning Second Team All-America honors.
Snyder, a rising senior sprinter from Mineville, N.Y., compiled a 3.38 GPA studying Political Science with a minor in Psychology. After winning the 500m at the America East Indoor Championships, Snyder transitioned to the 400m hurdles during the outdoor season, coming from behind to win the event at the America East Outdoor Championships. Snyder placed 35th in the hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships.
Tomlinson, a graduate student sprinter from the Bronx, N.Y., compiled a 3.45 graduate GPA studying Information Science. He placed second in the 400m at the America East Indoor Championships, and third in the 400m at the America East Outdoor Championships. Tomlinson was also a member of the 42nd-ranked men’s indoor 4x400m relay, where he ran the third leg.
Stanford led all women’s teams with 16 honorees, and BYU led all men’s teams with 18. Forty-eight individuals (26 women and 22 men) earned at least a 4.0 GPA.