March 14, 2013

Track & Field Quartet Named to AE All-Academic Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) of the University of New Hampshire men's track & field team, and senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and sophomore Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) on the women's side, were named to the America East All-Academic team, announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.

Greene, an English Teaching major with a 3.43 grade-point-average, was named to the 10-member squad for the first time in his career. He was one of five all-conference performers on the all-academic team after winning the mile at the AE championships this past winter. Greene added a runner-up finish in the 1,000 meters at the New England Championships and a sixth-place finish in the mile at the IC4A Championships. He also helped the 4x800 meter relay team break the school record at IC4As.

Prizzi, an Earth Science major with a 3.62 grade-point-average, was another all-conference selection named to the all-academic team. Prizzi claimed first-place in the 3,000 meters at the conference championships and went on to finish 13th in the event at the IC4A Championships.

James, a Communication Science & Disorders major with a 3.88 grade-point-average, earned a spot on the indoor squad after being named to the cross country all-academic team in the fall. James placed fourth in the mile and sixth in the 1,000 meters at the conference championships. She also helped the distance medley relay team break the school record at the New England Championships.

Salley, a Communication Science & Disorders major with a 3.97 grade-point-average, was named to the 10-member squad for the first time in her career. Salley tied for fourth in the high jump at the conference championships and went on to place 10th in the event at New Englands. A multi-events specialist, Salley earned six top-three finishes in three different events during the season.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.

For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

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