Three Bulldogs Earn Capital One/CoSIDA Track & Field Academic All-America Honors
DES MOINES, Iowa – A program-record three Drake University men’s track and field student-athletes have earned Academic All-America honors as senior Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa), junior Stephen Jordan (McFarland, Wis.) and senior Andy Curtis (Manchester, Iowa) were named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country third team, Thursday, June 26.
The most recent academic honors for Drake’s student-athletes give the Bulldogs a total of five Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans during the 2013-14 season. Earlier in the year, men’s soccer’s Nick Marshal (Glen Carbon, Ill.) earned first-team honors while men’s tennis Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina) was named to the at-large second team.
To be earn a spot on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America teams, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade point average, have completed an entire academic year at their institution and reached their sophomore season in athletic eligibility while being a starter or key contributor on their respective teams. Team members are selected by a vote of the College Sports Information Directors of America membership.
Austin earned the prestigious honor thanks to an incredible indoor season in which he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship co-MVP by winning both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters to score 20 points for the Bulldogs. The 5,000-meter title was his third-straight in the event and fifth total MVC championship. Earlier in the indoor season, he set the school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:59.71. While winning titles and breaking records on the oval, he maintained a 3.75 grade point average in his mathematics coursework.
Jordan also posted impressive accomplishments during the indoor season and was named the MVC’s Elite 18 winner, an award that is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA competing at the league’s championship events. At that Championship, he was third in the 200 meters and later set personal bests in both the 200 and 400 meters. During the outdoor season, he finished fifth at the MVC Championship in the 200 meters and was a key member of the team’s 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams. Jordan, who is pursuing a pharmacy degree, has a sterling 4.0 GPA at Drake.
Curtis, a native Iowan, had a breakout senior season and owned the Bulldogs’ top mark this year in the discus, hammer throw and indoor weight throw. He shattered his previous career best in the hammer throw by nearly seven feet this year and scored at the MVC Outdoor Championship with a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw and a ninth-place showing in the discus. A biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major, Curtis has a cumulative 3.94 GPA.
The Bulldogs were the only MVC program represented on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America teams. In addition, the three selections ties the Drake record for most Academic All-Americans from a program at Drake with the men’s soccer team’s three honorees in 2009.