NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Hampshire women's track and field team, as well as graduate student Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.), were recently honored by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their academic achievements during the 2010-11 season.
UNH's track and field team was one of 164 Division I women's track and field programs recognized as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team. The Wildcats were one of four America East squads to be recognized, and finished with a grade-point average of 3.42, tied for highest in the conference and well above the minimum 3.00 needed to qualify for the award.
The 'Cats enjoyed an impressive spring season as they captured the New England Championships for the first time in school history after a third-place finish at the America East Championships.
Ciambra, who capped off a remarkable career in the pole vault and submitted a 3.92 GPA, was one of 663 student-athletes named to the Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.
Ciambra set a new meet record in a winning effort at New Englands and captured her third title at the America East Championships, where she broke her own school mark as well as the all-time conference championship record. She also placed 24th in the event at the NCAA East Regional with a cleared height of 3.70m.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
For the full list of all 164 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Teams, click HERE.