SMITH NAMED USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMICBy Michael Wells Sports Information Director
LOS ANGELES — Occidental College track and field freshman Colin Smith (Las Vegas) was as good in the classroom as he was on the track in 2012.
The long-distance specialist, who just missed a ticket to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships with the 21st best 5K time in the nation, was named an USTFCCCA All-Academic selection on Tuesday.
Smith and the other 225 student-athletes representing 86 institutions maintained at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average while also finishing in the top 35 in their respective event, 25th nationally as part of a relay team and/or by participating in the national championships.
"We're very proud that Colin was not only a standout on the track in his first season at Oxy, but that he also performed so well in the classroom too," Occidental College track and field coach Rob Bartlett said. "Colin is the prototypical student-athlete that Oxy hangs its hat on: He's got the goods in his sport and he is very academic."
Haverford College led Division III with 12 athletes making the list.
Tim Nelson of UW-Stout earned the scholar-athlete of the year award in the outdoor track athlete category and Tim VanLiew of Rutgers-Camden took home the honor in the field category.
The 2012 USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Awards will be announced on Wednesday and the team awards on Thursday.