Wildcat track teams pick up academic awards
The Wayne State College track and field teams and nine Wildcat individuals received All-Academic recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Wildcat women earned the team academic award for a 14th consecutive year with a 3.408 cumulative grade-point average while individuals Tia Jones, Kenzie Sullivan, Jadin Wagner, Nicole Heeren and Jordyn Pester collected individual academic honors.
To qualify for the team academic award, an institution must record a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and individuals must maintain a 3.25 grade-point average and have achieved a provisional or automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor season.
Jones maintained a 3.741 GPA majoring in sport management and political science and is a three-time recipient of the honor. Jones placed at both NSIC Championships, taking seventh at the indoor shot put and eighth in the hammer throw during the outdoor season.
Sullivan recorded a 3.92 GPA majoring in business marketing and is a first-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. She placed in two events at the NSIC Outdoor Championships, earning All-NSIC honors with a third-place finish in the discus while also taking seventh in the shot put.
Wagner recorded a 3.594 GPA in business management and is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. She earned All-NSIC honors placing third in the shot put during the indoor season.
Heeran recorded a 3.407 GPA majoring in life science-biology/pre-occupational therapy and is a first-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. She recorded an NCAA provisional mark during the indoor season in the weight throw and was 12th in the hammer throw at the NSIC Outdoor Championships.
Pester recorded a 4.0 GPA majoring in sport management and business administration and is a first-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. The sprinter captured fourth place finishes in the 400 meter dash at both NSIC Championships this season.
For the 10th straight season, the Wayne State men earned team honors, tying for 16th in NCAA Division II with a cumulative grade point average of 3.214. Four individuals – senior Robert Sullivan, juniors Jayle Hinkle and Dylan Kaup and sophomore Cade Kalkowski – were awarded USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic Awards.
Sullivan recorded a 3.333 GPA in exercise science for his second USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. This season Sullivan was the NSIC Champion and a national qualifier during the outdoor season in the decathlon and was a national qualifier during the indoor season in the heptathlon.
Hinkle recorded a 3.335 GPA in exercise science for his first USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. The thrower placed sixth in the shot put at both NSIC Championships this season.
Kaup maintained a 3.766 GPA majoring in Spanish/ Physical Education and is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. He was an All-NSIC selection and NCAA National Qualifier in two events, placing second in the NSIC Indoor weight throw and third in the NSIC Outdoor hammer throw.
Kalkowski maintained a 3.338 GPA majoring in business administration and agri-business. During the indoor season was NSIC Champion in the weight throw and earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish. He was a repeat NSIC Champion in the hammer throw and NCAA National Qualifier in the event for a second straight season.