By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Capital University Track & Field has a pair of student-athletes that have been honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In addition, both the men's and women's track & field teams hauled in a team academic award for their performances in the classroom during the 2018-19 academic year.
The men's and women's track and field teams have now earned the honor of All-Academic Team three times in the last four years under head coach Hannah Weiss. The men's team combined for a grade-point average of 3.18 while the women's team finished the year at a 3.27 mark.
To be eligible, a program must finish highly at the respective national championship meet and have at least a 3.00 cumulative team grade-point average. All told, 297 teams were honored by the USTFCCCA for their academics. Breaking it down further, 184 of those were women's teams compared to 113 men's programs.
Rising junior Emily Hilt headlined the women's team as its lone All-Academic honoree. The nursing major from Delaware, Ohio (Buckeye Valley) was one of 631 women across all divisions to earn the award. Hilt was an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) champion in the long jump last year and also took the podium with a third-place finish in the high jump on the outdoor circuit. She also finished on the podium in the high jump at the 2019 OAC Indoor Track & Field Championships with a third-place finish. She also broke the Capital pentathlon record (2,908 points) and holds the outdoor 100-meter hurdles (14.95) and heptathlon (4,389 points) records, both of which were broken this past season.
On the men's side, rising junior Josh Miller, a public relations major from Botkins, Ohio (Botkins), was one of 462 male student-athletes to earn All-Academic honors for the 2018-19 season. Miller took second in the shot put at the conference indoor championships and then became an OAC champion in the same event during the outdoor championships. He went on the qualify for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time, marking his second trip to a national event in his track and field career.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
- Compete in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship
- Finish the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or rank in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List
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