Athletics News


June 19, 2007

FRISCO, Texas - NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship qualifiers Jon McDowell and Coby Morrison, former student-athlete of the year Ivorita Taylor and NCAA Cross Country qualifier, Jodi Hulett, were among six UT Arlington student athletes named to the 2007 CapitalOne/Southland Conference Track and Field All-Academic Team Monday.

Presented by CapitalOne Bank, the all-academic team honors student-athletes who were named as a national all-academic recipient this year while also earning at least a 3.00 grade point average, Remaining spots on the all-academic teams are then voted on by the head coaches, sports information directions and academic/compliance administrators. Student-athletes must have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition.

UT Arlington and Stephen F. Austin led the team with six student-athletes each.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Shadrack Songok, the 10,000 meter national champion at the NCAA Outdoor meet, and Jennie Sewell of Sam Houston State, were named the SLC Student-Athletes of the Year.

UT Arlington senior thrower Linda Rosema and senior pole vaulter Vanessa Maida complete the list of Mavericks named to the squad.

Morrison, an eight-time all-SLC performer, qualified for the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional in four events this season and received an at-large berth in the 400-meters and was a member of the 4x100-meter relay team at the NCAA Outdoors. He is a repeat member of the all-academic team and is a three-time member of the SLC Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll.

McDowell became UT Arlington's first track and field All-American since Ashely Dorsey in 2001 after qualifying for the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoors. He recorded a personal-best time in four consecutive races spanning the SLC Outdoor Championships to the NCAA Championships, including a 13.60 that ranks second on the school's all-time list.

Taylor was the SLC Indoor Student-Athlete of the Year and the 2005 Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year. She was named to the SLC Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year after maintaining a 3.66 GPA in accounting. Taylor earned her eighth all-conference award after a second-place finish in the 800 meters at the SLC Outdoors.

Hulett became the first Maverick since 1998 to advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall. She finished third at the SLC Championships and eighth at the NCAA South Central Regional to advance to the national meet. Hulett repeats on the all-academic squad and was named to the spring academic honor roll in 2004-06 and was named to the fall honor roll in 2004.

Rosema maintains a 3.82 GPA in biochemistry and has been one of the most consistent scorers in the field events for the Mavericks the past three seasons. She scored points in the discus (fifth place) and the hammer toss (fourth place) at the SLC Outdoors and in the shot put (fifth place) at the SLC Indoors this year.

Maida and teammate Lacey Moore gave UT Arlington the top pole vaulting combo in the Southland Conference the past two years. Her vault of 12-05.50 at the SLC Indoor Championship earned her all-conference honors for the second time in her career. She matched that mark at TCU on April 21 to rank second on the school's all-time outdoor list and qualified Maida for the NCAA Midwest regional this season. -


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