T&F: UTA trio named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

July 29, 2016

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

ARLINGTON, Texas –
Three UT Arlington student-athletes are among those named to the 2015-16 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

A pair of women, distance runner Katelyn Hayward and high jumper Alexus Henry, join men's triple jumper Tobi Fawehinmi on the prestigious list. All three are first-time honorees.

In addition to the individual honors, the UTA women's outdoor team received All-Academic Team recognition after posting a combined grade-point average of 3.02.

"We are so proud of Katelyn, Alexus and Tobi," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "They all enjoyed remarkable seasons both on and off the track. And for our women’s team to earn better than a 3.0 team GPA illustrates the dedication and hard work shown by our student-athletes, academic support staff and coaches."

Hayward, a senior, competed in the women's 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, placing 42nd. Her clocking of 10:29.89 in a runner-up showing in the steeplechase at the SBC outdoor meet broke her own school record. In addition, she won the league title in the 1500 meters (4:29.25).


 

 

Just a freshman, Henry tied for 17th place in the high jump at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Henry, the first female from UTA to qualify for the national meet in the event, earned honorable mention All-America accolades. She also became the school record holder in the indoor high jump (5 feet, 11 1/2 inches) and posted the second-best outdoor mark in school annals (5 feet, 10 3/4 inches).

Fawehinmi placed 17th in the triple jump at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. At the meet, the junior set a world Paralympic record in the event with a leap of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches. In addition, he claimed bronze medal finishes at both the Sun Belt Indoor Championship as well as the SBC Outdoor Championship.

USTFCCCA All-Academic honors combine academic and athletic accomplishments achieved during the 2015-16 year. 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 participated in the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds) in the outdoor season or ranked among the top 96 in an individual event during the indoor season.

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