NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Hampshire women’s track and field team, as well as sophomore pole vaulter 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 2008 season.
UNH’s track and field team was one of 117 Division I women’s track and field programs recognized as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team. The Wildcats compiled a 3.18 team grade point average, well over the minimum 3.000 needed to qualify for the award.

Ciambra, who put together one of the greatest seasons ever for a UNH pole vaulter while submitting a 3.70 GPA, was one of 468 student-athletes named to the Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.

Ciambra, a member of the 2008 America East Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team, as well as the 2008 USTFCCCA All-Region Team, qualified for the outdoor NCAA national championships by placing fifth in the pole vault when she cleared a height of 3.96 meters at the 2008 NCAA East Regional and smashed the school record of 3.85 meters that she had set twice previously over the course of the season. During the outdoor season, Ciambra was the America East pole vault champion and the New England championship runner-up in the pole vault, while she claimed both the America East and New England pole vault crowns during the indoor season.

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 have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.
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