The Long Beach State (LBSU) women’s track and field team has been selected a 2012 Division I All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). It is the eighth year in a row that the 49er women have earned the distinction.
Additionally, 49er men’s track and field team members Gabe Hilbert and Matt Maldonado have been named to the USTFCCCA Men’s Division I All-Academic Team.
A total of 171 teams were honored by the USTFCCCA as a result of a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better. LBSU, which posted a 3.05 team GPA, was one of three Big West programs to be recognized.
For the men, Maldonado, a senior who redshirted the outdoor season, was an indoor All-American in 2012. He earned second-team honors after finishing 12th in the mile run at the NCAA Championships. He also claimed the individual title in the mile at the Moutain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships, where he established a school-record 3:59.08. It was the first time in program history that a 49er ran a sub-four mile. Hilbert, a junior, was a NCAA West Preliminary qualifier in the 800-meter run. He also scored and just missed out on all-conference honors in that event as he finished fourth overall at the Big West Championships. In addition, Hilbert was a member of the 4×400 relay team that earned All-Big West recognition with a runner-up performance. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team as an individual, student-athletes must have compiled a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade-point average and have met one of two athletic standards. For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event, and for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).