July 26, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Division I All-Academic Teams and Individual this week as both Army squads and rising junior Lisa Junta were recognized. The Army men were one of 111 teams while the Black Knight women were among 187 team honorees. Junta, who earned the certificate for the second straight year, was one of 710 women recognized by the USTFCCCA.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team as an individual, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either 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). Teams qualify for the honor with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Junta’s All-Academic honor is the latest of a string of recognitions she received this spring, including first team Academic All-District. The Life Science major whose GPA on a 4.0 scale is 3.84, finished the indoor season ranked 67th in the 5,000-meter run. Junta’s best 5K time in 2013 came at the ECAC Championships when she claimed her second career ECAC title with an Army-record finish. The Springfield, Va., major also claimed Patriot League crowns in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs during the indoor campaign.
Junta is the first Black Knight to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons since Andrew Ferrara (USMA ’10) was recognized in 2009 and 2010. The most recent two-time honoree prior to Junta was Tom Wagner (USMA ’12), who was tabbed in 2009 and 2011. Junta (2013 indoor), Wagner (2012 outdoor) and Ferrara (2009 outdoor) all earned Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year plaudits as well.
Both the Army men and women’s teams earned USTFCCCA academic honors for the first time since the award changed to its current format in 2002. The Black Knight men boasted a 3.05 GPA while the women collected a 3.03 cumulative average. The Army men earned their fourth consecutive team honor while the women were recognized for the first time.
Click the following links for the full lists of honorees: men’s team / women’s team / men’s individuals / women’s individuals