NEW ORLEANS – With the 2012-13 track and field season and academic year in the books, the Miami University women’s track and field team was recognized for its work in the classroom by earning All-Academic Team distinction from the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA also announced Wednesday that sophomore distance runner Anna Lamb was tabbed to the All-Academic Track & Field Team.
The RedHawks have now collected All-Academic Team honors from the USTFCCCA nine straight years and 11 times in the last 12 seasons. Miami was one of eight Mid-American Conference schools to garner the award and one of 187 Division I women’s teams nationwide to be recognized.
Miami’s women’s team compiled a 3.35 grade-point average following the 2012-13 season, which was tops among all MAC schools, just ahead of Kent State (3.34 GPA) and Ohio (3.33 GPA). The RedHawks’ 3.35 team GPA also matches the program’s best GPA in its history, equaling the 2009 team.
Miami’s team GPA tied for 55th nationally among all Division I teams while Wofford led all women’s programs with a 3.61 GPA. To earn the All-Academic Team honor, a team must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Lamb was honored for her work on the track and in the classroom by receiving her All-Academic Team nod. She garnered Academic All-MAC honors for both the indoor and outdoor seasons this past year as well. Lamb marks the 12th straight year (since 2002) Miami has had at least one student-athlete named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
Lamb boasts a 3.90 GPA while majoring in kinesiology. At the MAC Outdoor Championships, she won the 10,000m run while earning runner-up in the 5,000m. She then qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 10K, placing 24th out of 48 in the semifinals. Lamb also won the 10K at the famed Drake Relays and set the outdoor school record in the 10K during the season.
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).
A total of 33 MAC women’s student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Team while a total of 710 Division I women’s track and field student-athletes made up the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
Miami’s men’s track and field team was also named an All-Academic Team Wednesday while junior thrower Rob Stein was named to the men’s All-Academic Team.