WSC Track & Field Teams, Three Student-Athletes Earn All-Academic Awards

WAYNE – Individuals among the Wayne State College women’s and men’s track & field team along with each team were recognized with U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic awards.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the women’s track & field team received the All-Academic Team Award for the 15th consecutive year as it marked the 11th straight year the men’s team also earned the All-Academic Team Award.

The announcement came earlier this month by the association office in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Junior thrower Kenzie Sullivan collected individual All-Academic honors from USTFCCCA for a second straight season. On the men’s side, Dylan Kaup and Cade Kalkowski receiving All-Academic honors

To qualify for the team academic award, an institution must record a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher while 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 seasons.

As a team, the Wildcat women posted a 3.495 team grade point average this season as all 15 Northern Sun Conference schools that sponsor women’s track and field received the honor.

Sullivan, a junior from Laurens, Iowa, maintained a 3.912 grade point average in the 2019-20 academic year majoring in business marketing. She recorded NCAA provisional marks in the shot put (45’ 6 ½”) and the weight throw (56’ 7 ½”) during the 2020 indoor season for the Wildcats.

The Wildcat men’s track and field team posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.403 during the 2019-20 academic year to rank 12th overall in NCAA Division II. WSC was one of nine Northern Sun Conference schools and 114 in NCAA Division II to receive the honor.

Kaup, a senior thrower from Neligh, earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic honor for a third straight year after maintaining a 3.762 grade point average majoring in physical/Spanish education. He was a national qualifier in the weight throw for a second straight season while placing fourth at the NSIC Indoor Championships in February with a mark of 62’ 8”.

Kalkowski, a junior from Niobrara, was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for a second straight season while recording a grade point average of 3.467 majoring in agri-business. He was an indoor national qualifier in the weight throw for a second straight season after recording a top season mark of 67′ 3 ¼” at the NSIC Indoor Championships to place second and earn All-NSIC honors.