Cal Poly athletics teams honored for their classroom work
NEW ORLEANS – A total of eight Cal Poly athletics students – three men and five women – as well as both teams were recognized by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their success in. excellent the classroom.
More than 850 men and 1,100 women have been named All-Academic Athletes in NCAA Division I.
Among the honored male student-athletes from Cal Poly are Dylan Bouzigues (Animal science major), Jake Ritter (Civil engineering) and Justin Robison (Kinesiology).
Robison took the Big West 1,500 meter title and came second in the 5,000, while Ritter was third in the 10,000 and fourth in the 5,000. Bouzigues finished second in the Big West decathlon.
The five Mustang women honored are Emily Hallett (Kinesiology), Kayla Myers (Business administration), Molly Ross (Biological sciences), Julianna Ruotolo (Exercise science) and Brooke Tjerrild (Kinesiology).
Ross was co-champion in the Big West 100-meter hurdles and finished second in the 400-meter hurdles. Ruotolo finished third in the 400 after taking the Big West heptathlon crown a week earlier and both ran stages in the victorious 1,600 meter relay.
Tjerrild clinched her third Big West pole vault title and broke school, conference, and Big West meet records during the season, peaking at 14 feet. Hallett broke the school record and won the Big West hammer throw, finishing eighth in the javelin throw, while Myers was second in the pole vault.
Under athletics director Mark Conover, the Cal Poly women’s team won their first Big West Championship while the men finished second.
Criteria for individual honors are cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, completion of at least two semesters or three quarters at the nominating institution, participation in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Athletics Championships and finish the season in the top 48 in the east or top 48 in the west for the final outdoor season.
For team awards, teams with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more were honored.
Cal Poly’s men’s team produced a GPA of 3.17 while the women’s team had a GPA of 3.31.
The University of San Francisco led all men’s teams with a GPA of 3.74, while American University led the women’s teams with a GPA of 3.80.