Women’s Track and Field Team Earns All-Academic Honors; 4 49er Athletes Named to Division I All-Academic Field Team

The Long Beach State women’s track and field squad has been tabbed a 2010 Division I All-Academic Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Meanwhile, four athletes from the 49er men’s and women’s track and field teams received individual recognition and were named to the USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Team, with Randi Hicks and Jennifer Rodriguez representing the women and Alex Black and Matt Maldonado representing the men.

To qualify for USTFCCCA honors, student-athletes must have compiled a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in their respective event.

Hicks advanced to the NCAA Championships in the javelin where she finished 12th overall and earned All-America status.  Earlier in the season, she established a school and Big West Conference record throw of 170-feet, 11-inches at the Ben Brown Invitational (March 6).

Rodriguez qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries in the 10,000 meters.  Rodriguez also established a school record in that event as she ran a time of 35:19.05 at the Stanford Invitational (March 26).

Black was also an NCAA West Preliminary qualifier in the high jump where he cleared 6-feet, 7-inches.  He previously tied his career-high 6-10.75 to claim runner-up honors at the Trojan Invitational (March 20).

Maldonado competed in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA West Preliminary meet.  He also established a personal-record and the second-fastest mark in school history when he clocked in at 3:44.28 to win the 1,500 at the Steve Scott Invitational (May 2).

Winter 2011 Issue

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