Aug. 8, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. - For the 11th consecutive year, the Coastal Carolina University women's track and field program earned the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team award.
With a 3.115 team grade point average, Coastal was one of 187 NCAA Division I teams to earn the honor for the 2013 season. In addition, the Chanticleers are one of four Big South schools to receive the award, joining Gardner-Webb, High Point and Liberty. To be honored by the USTFCCCA as an all-academic team a program must hold a team grade point average of 3.00 or better.
"Owning a team GPA above a 3.0 is an important standard of our program that our student-athletes strive for each season," said Alan Connie, Coastal Carolina Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. "With the plethora of academic resources and support on the Coastal Carolina campus, I look for us to continue to receive this honor each year."
Coastal Carolina had 28 student-athletes recognized by the conference on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll for earning at least a 3.0 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year - an increase of 57 percent from 2011-12. In addition, Mary Lawrence was named to the Big South Indoor Track and Field All-Academic team, while Emily Marchini was recognized with the honor for the outdoor season.
The Chanticleers also turned in superb performances on the track as the team finished second at the Big South Championship Meet and 13 student-athletes captured a total of 23 All-Big South honors. Additionally, senior standout Erica Peake was named the Big South's Women's Track & field Athlete of the Year.
Coastal's season culminated with both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Both relay squads went on to earn USTFCCCA honorable mention All-American honors.