March 10, 2010

TWO TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES EARN ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – University of New Hampshire indoor track & field juniors Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) have been named to the America East All-Academic Team, the conference announced Tuesday.

Dugan, a chemistry major with a near-perfect 3.98 grade-point-average, finished third in the pentathlon on day one of the America East Championships with 3,217 points. On day two, Dugan placed sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.58 meters. Dugan was also runner-up in the pentathlon at the New England Championships with 3,330 points.

DeTurk, a political science major with a 3.66 GPA, was named to the All-Conference Team on Feb. 22. DeTurk was third in the weight throw at the America East Championships with a toss of 17.12 meters. DeTurk also garnered America East Field Performer of the Week honors Feb. 1 after leading the Wildcats to a first-place finish at the 18-team Boston Indoor Games on Jan. 29 with his own first-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 16.93m.

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

For the second 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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