Eight Individuals Named USTFCCCA All-Academic
NEW ORLEANS – The University at Albany track & field program landed eight individual All-Academic honorees, six women and two men, for the 2018-19 season, the U.S. Track & Field Association announced.
Among the individual honorees which include Tara Belinsky, Venique Harris, Anika Hibbard, EJ Onah, Cara Sherman, Victoria Stoffel, Walter Briggs, and Kyle Gronostaj. Belinsky, Hibbard, Briggs and Gronostaj are all repeat track and field honorees.
Belinsky, a graduate student thrower, from Locust Valley, N.Y. earned a 3.82 undergraduate and 3.77 graduate GPA studying Communications. She had a stellar career at UAlbany, especially in her final season. Belinsky became the first woman to throw 50 feet in the shot put outdoors, when she competed at the UConn Northeast Challenge and marked 53-06.50. To cap off her career, she was named America East Woman of the Year.
Harris, a senior thrower, from Portmore, Jamaica, earned a 3.37 GPA studying Economics. Harris ended her UAlbany career placing sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She was the sixth ranked competitor entering the meet, having thrown a collegiate best mark of 190-01.00 to place third in the discus at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships.
Hibbard, a senior high jumper from Bedford, N.H., earned a 3.51 GPA studying Emergency Preparedness-Homeland Security & Cyber Security and Sociology. This is Hibbard’s fourth-straight USTFCCA All-Academic individual honor in four years of eligibility. She finished her 2019 outdoor season by winning the high jump at the Outdoor America East Championships and the IC4A/ECAC Championships.
Onah, a freshman jumper from Ithaca, N.Y., earned a 3.74 GPA studying Business Administration. In her first year as a Great Dane, she set freshman class records in the long jump during both the indoor and outdoor season, and won the event at both the America Eat Indoor and Outdoor Championships. She also earned a spot on Team USA by placing second at the USATF U20 Championships in June.
Sherman, a senior distance runner from Rotterdam, N.Y. earned a 3.91 GPA studying Mathematics. Sherman won the 10,000m run at the 2019 America East Outdoor Championships, and placed fourth in the 5,000m run at the IC4A/ECAC Outdoor Championships.
Stoffel, a senior jumper from Manhattan, N.Y. earned a 3.78 GPA studying Biology. She finished second in the high jump at the 2019 Outdoor IC4A/ECAC Championships marking 5-09.25.
Briggs, a senior hurdler from Kingston, N.Y. earned a 3.41 GPA studying Business Administration. The Kingston, New York native finished his Great Dane career by winning the 110H and 400H at the 2019 America East Outdoor Championships.
Gronostaj, a graduate student distance runner from East Greenbush, N.Y. earned a 3.58 undergraduate and 3.95 graduate GPA studying Higher Education. The East Greenbush, New York native holds four school records, and is the only UAlbany student-athlete to break 30 minutes in the 10,000m, doing so on three separate occasions. This past season, he earned three runner-up finishes at the America East Indoor and Outdoor Championships and one third-place finish.