GOLDEN GRIZZLIES TRACK AND FIELD EARNS ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS FROM USTFCCCA
July 31, 2017



All-Academic Teams | Men's All-Academic | Women's All-Academic

NEW ORLEANS -- The Oakland men's and women's track and field programs have been named to the all-academic teams by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) while Jacob Bowman, George O'Connor, Ashley Burr and Miranda Haas each earned all-academic individual honors for the 2016-17 season. This marks the third consecutive season at least one Oakland student-athlete has garnered this award as Andrew Bowman was named in the 2015-16 season and Serena San Cartier in 2014-15. The Golden Grizzlies lead the Horizon League with four individual selections.

The Oakland men posted a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.08 while the women's team notched a 3.33 GPA. Nationally, a total of 218 women's teams and 142 men's teams earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Bowman, a rising redshirt senior from Marlette, Mich., carries a 3.36 GPA in environmental sciences and qualified for the NCAA preliminary meet after running a career-best time of 13:58.75 in the 5,000-meter at the Hillsdale Last Chance Classic. He was the Horizon League runner-up in that same event while also placing third in the 1,500-meter.

O'Connor, a native of Croswell, Mich., held a 3.56 GPA in communication and qualified for the NCAA preliminary in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after clocking a career-best time of 8:52.89 at the Virginia Challenge. He later went on to win the Horizon League title in that event while also placing sixth in the 1,500-meter.

Burr, a Midland, Mich. native, was named outstanding performer at the league championships after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase and finished second in the 5,000-meter at 17:08.00. She was also a NCAA preliminary qualifier and owned a 3.47 GPA in Health Sciences.

Haas, a native of Pinckney, Mich., carried a 3.91 GPA in biology and was the Horizon League runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event in which she qualified for the NCAA preliminary, while also finishing third in the 5,000-meter.

To qualify individually, each student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships including preliminary rounds. 

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