NEW ORLEANS -- Two members of the Miami University men's track and field team were recognized for their work in the classroom and in the athletic arena Tuesday, as rising junior Rob Stein and senior Jordan Goffena were both named to the 2012 USTFCCCA Men's Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.
Goffena and Stein are two of just 11 male Mid-American Conference athletes recognized by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association on its 431-man All-Academic Team. Kent State placed four athletes on the squad while Akron had three and Central Michigan had two recipients, as well. Stein was named to the 2011 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team following his freshman year as well.
Goffena (Sidney, Ohio) exhausted his eligibility this past season after transferring from Cal Poly SLO before the 2010-11 season. He is a life science education and zoology double major who boasts a 3.63 grade-point average. Goffena, a Second-Team All-MAC performer this past year, was the runner-up in the decathlon at the MAC Championships and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 110m hurdles, where he placed 36th in 14.14, which ranks him second in school history.
Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) is a marketing major with 3.52 GPA. He qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the discus for the second straight year, earning the 46th seed, but fouled on all three of his attempts. He placed ninth in the hammer throw and 10th in both the shot put and discus at the MAC Championships.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better and either finished the indoor season ranked in the top 96 nationally in an individual event or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds).
The women's All-Academic Team individual honorees will be announced Wednesday. Those institutions given All-Academic Team status will be named on Thursday.