Wayne State Track & Field Teams, Individuals Receive All-Academic Awards

WAYNE – A total of nine individuals and both of the Wayne State College women’s and men’s track & field teams were listed on the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) All-Academic Team.

Information was released by the USTFCCCA office in New Orleans, Louisiana Tuesday.

On the women’s side, WSC earned the team academic award for a 14th straight year with a 3.408 cumulative grade point average. Individual academic honors went to junior Tia Jones, sophomores Kenzie Sullivan and Jadin Wagner as well as freshmen Nicole Heeren and Jordyn Pester.

To qualify for the team academic award, an institution must record a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher and individuals must maintain a 3.25 grade point average and have achieved a provisional or automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor season.

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Tia Jones, a junior from Elkhorn, maintained a 3.741 GPA majoring in sport management and political science and is a three-time recipient of the honor. Jones placed at both NSIC Championships, taking seventh at the indoor shot put and eighth in the hammer throw during the outdoor season.

Kenzie Sullivan a sophomore from Laurens, Iowa recorded a 3.92 GPA majoring in business marketing and is a first time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. She placed in two events at the NSIC Outdoor Championships, earning All-NSIC honors with a third place finish in the discus while also taking seventh in the shot put.

Jadin Wagner, a sophomore from Lawton, Iowa recorded a 3.594 GPA in business management and is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. She earned All-NSIC honors placing third in the shot put during the indoor season.

Nicole Heeren, a freshman from Allison, Iowa recorded a 3.407 GPA majoring in life science-biology/pre-occupational therapy and is a first time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. She recorded an NCAA provisional mark during the indoor season in the weight throw and was 12th in the hammer throw at the NSIC Outdoor Championships.

Jordyn Pester, a freshman from Charter Oak, Iowa recorded a 4.000 GPA majoring in sport management and business administration and is a first time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. The sprinter captured fourth place finishes in the 400-meter dash at both NSIC Championships this season.

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For the Wildcat men’s track team, this is the 10th consecutive season their team received this honor. WSC tied for 16th in NCAA Division II with a cumulative GPA of 3.214. The four individuals included senior Robert Sullivan, juniors Jayle Hinkle and Dylan Kaup as well as sophomore Cade Kalkowski.

Robert Sullivan, a senior from Bennington, recorded a 3.333 GPA in exercise science for his second USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. This season Sullivan was the NSIC Champion and a national qualifier during the outdoor season in the decathlon and was a national qualifier during the indoor season in the heptathlon.

Jayle Hinkle, a junior from Ericson, recorded a 3.335 GPA in exercise science for his first USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. The thrower placed sixth in the shot put at both NSIC Championships this season.

Dylan Kaup, a junior from Neligh, maintained a 3.766 GPA majoring in Spanish/ Physical Education and is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. He was an All-NSIC selection and NCAA National Qualifier in two events, placing second in the NSIC Indoor weight throw and third in the NSIC Outdoor hammer throw.

Cade Kalkowski, a sophomore from Niobrara, maintained a 3.338 GPA majoring in business administration and agri-business. During the indoor season was NSIC Champion in the weight throw and earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish. He was a repeat NSIC Champion in the hammer throw and NCAA National Qualifier in the event for a second straight season.

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