NEW ORLEANS – For the fourth straight year, the Miami University men’s track and field team was tabbed an All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Wednesday, for its work in the classroom during the 2012-13 season. In addition, junior thrower Rob Stein garnered individual All-Academic Team honors from the USTFCCCA.
The RedHawks were one of just three men’s Mid-American Conference programs to receive the All-Academic Team distinction. Miami posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.14, tops among MAC schools, ahead of Akron (3.10 GPA) and Eastern Michigan (3.04 GPA).
Miami, which improved from a 3.05 team GPA last year, was one of 111 men’s Division I track and field teams to be recognized this year. Arizona had the top team GPA at 3.51, while teams must compile a 3.0 team GPA or better to earn All-Academic Team honors.
Stein collected USTFCCCA Men’s All-Academic Track and Field Team honors for the third straight year for his success in both academics and athletics. He was one of 19 men’s MAC student-athletes to be honored among the 448 total men’s Division I student-athletes on the All-Academic Team.
Stein carries a 3.53 GPA while majoring in business. In addition to his All-Academic Team honor, he earned Academic All-MAC honors this past season, when he finished 32nd in the discus at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. Stein posted the third-best discus throw in school history during the season, as well.
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).
Miami’s women’s track and field team was also named an All-Academic Team Wednesday while sophomore distance runner Anna Lamb was named to the women’s All-Academic Team.