Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the All-Academic Team and Individual awards for the 2017-18 NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons on Thursday. The NM State women's track and field team was recognized by the organization for its accomplishments on the track and in the classroom with Hannah Smith also earning individual honors.
In total, 361 teams were recognized for their academic accomplishments by the USTFCCCA. Breaking it down further, 220 of those were women's teams compared to 141 men's programs. There were 874 women and 624 men who earned individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2017-18 track & field seasons.
The Aggies placed third at the 2018 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, the best finish in program history. NM State took home gold in seven events at the meet and Katara Nelson was named the Outstanding Track Performer and High Point Award winner after winning all four events in which she competed.
Another top performance at the WAC Outdoor Championship came from Smith, who won the triple jump with a mark of 12.69m (41-7.75). Her strong season helped the junior to the NCAA West Preliminaries where she placed 37th overall.
To qualify for the team award, the cumulative GPA for all student-athletes on the institution's NCAA Squad List for Indoor and/or Outdoor Track and Field must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Individually, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards. For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org. For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds)