NEW ORLEANS, La. – Three Maryland track and field student-athletes were named to the 2016-17 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team as announced last week. The distinction comes in unison with Maryland’s men’s and women’s teams both being named to the USTFCCCA Scholar All-American Team list.
Rising senior Emma O'Hara, in addition to graduated seniors Micha Powell and Catherine Voelpel were honored as USTFCCCA All-Academic selections after their performance on the track and in the classroom this past season.
A total of 752 women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2016-17 track & field seasons. To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, 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).
O’Hara earned the honor after qualifying for the NCAA East Regional in the weight throw as she set a new program record in the event during her first season in College Park.
Powell earned the honor for the second straight season after clinching berths in the 400m to both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships. The 2016 Rio Olympian finished as a second-team All-American during the indoor season and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Voelpel was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree while helping Maryland to the 27th ranking in the 4x400 relay during the indoor season. Her relay’s time of 3:35.97 at the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championships set a new school record.