Track and Field
Panther T&F/XC Performs in the Classroom
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Tuesday 06/22/2012

The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's track & field and cross country teams recently completed one of the highest-achieving academic years in the history of the program.

"We're very proud of the way our kids have taken care of business academically," said UNI head track & field and cross country coach Dan Steele. "They've made great strides every year since I've been here, and this year was no exception."

"My overall vision for the programs is centered on academic, athletic and social success, and our current group of student-athletes has clearly embraced that image," Steele said.

All four programs achieved a substantially higher grade point average than the mean of the general student population. The cross country squads led the way, as the men attained a 3.42 GPA and the women posted a 3.40 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year. The Panther women's track & field team recorded a 3.27 GPA, and men's track & field came in at 3.14.

Not including freshmen, 18 women and 14 men on the UNI track & field squads owned a cumulative GPA above 3.20 at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

For the second consecutive year, the women's cross country team posted a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sport. Both the men's and women's track & field teams showed increases in their APR scores for the third straight year. The APR is used by the NCAA to account for eligibility, retention and graduation and to provide a measure of each team's academic performance.

In addition to those academic achievements, the Panther men swept the Missouri Valley Conference's Elite 18 Awards for the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons.  The Elite 18 Award program honors the highest achievement in academics and athletics by one student-athlete in each MVC-sponsored sport. In track & field, the award goes to the top-three placewinner with the highest cumulative grade point average. Junior Ryan Krogmann claimed the honor for the indoor season and senior Jarred Herring won it outdoors.

Capital One Academic All-District, District 6
Brett Egan

MVC Elite 18 Award, Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Jarred Herring

MVC Elite 18 Award, Men's Indoor Track & Field
Ryan Krogmann

2012 MVC Track & Field Scholar-Athletes
Michaela Brungardt, Sr., 3.65, Biology
Sam Cameron, Jr., 3.53, Physical Education
Allison Fick, Jr., 3.91, Biology: Biomedical
Traci Harms, Sr., 3.53, Science Teaching
Jill Lageschulte, Sr., 3.64, Movement & Exercise Science
Emily Roberts, So., 3.64, Biology
Scotti Schon, Jr., 3.84, Public Relations
Kelsey Sukovaty, Jr., 3.84, Biology: Biomedical
Jenna Wexter, Sr., 3.91, Movement & Exercise Science
Justin Bartels, Sr., 3.86, Physical Education: Kinesiology
Brett Egan, Jr., 3.96, Mathematics
Jarred Herring, Sr., 3.62, Psychology
Ryan Krogmann, Jr., 3.90, Biochemistry
Ben Lindaman, So., 3.35, Movement & Exercise Science
Adam McDonnell, So., 3.81, Physical Education

2011 MVC Cross Country Scholar-Athletes
Hayley Thomas, Jr., 3.64, Accounting
Jill Lageschulte, Sr., 3.64, Movement & Exercise Science
Brett Egan, Jr., 3.96, Mathematics


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