Track And Field Places Four On Capital One Academic All-District Teams
DES MOINES, Iowa – Four Drake University track and field student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Teams for their academic and athletic performances. Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa), Andy Curtis (Manchester, Iowa), Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Steven Jordan (McFarland, Wis.) represent the Bulldogs on the Academic All-District Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America honors to be selected in June.
Austin earned his honor thanks to a 3.75 GPA in his mathematics coursework and a phenomenal indoor season that saw him earn Missouri Valley Conference Championship co-MVP honors with a pair of wins in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. His 5,000-meter title was his third-straight in the event and fifth total MVC title. Earlier in the indoor season, the senior set the school record in the indoor 5,000 meters with a time of 13:59.71, but has seen his action during the cross country and outdoor seasons limited by injury.
Jordan, the MVC Elite 18 Award winner during the indoor season, garnered a spot on the Academic All-District Team with a perfect 4.0 GPA in his pharmacy curriculum. During the indoor season, he was third in the 200 meters at the MVC Championship while the outdoor season has seen him set a personal best of 21.54 in the 200 meters and finish fifth at the MVC Outdoor Championship with a wind-aided time of 21.50. He also established a 400-meter personal best as well and has been a critical member of the team’s 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams during his junior season.
Huston is the women’s team representative on the Academic All-District Team following a breakout sophomore season while maintaining a sterling 4.0 GPA as a biology major. She competed in all three seasons and was consistently in the Bulldogs’ top-three in cross country while winning the Grand View Invitational and finishing 32nd at the MVC Championship. During the indoor season, she posted the team’s top 3,000 meter time and achieved the same honor outdoors in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:40.11 that was ninth at the Drake Relays.
Curtis, a senior, is still competing as he adds another chapter to his career when he steps into the circle for the hammer throw at the NCAA West Preliminary Friday at 10 a.m. He owns the team’s top marks in the discus, hammer throw and indoor weight throw this season while setting a personal best of 196-3 in the hammer throw to shatter his previous best by nearly seven feet. He finished fourth in the event at the MVC Outdoor Championship and ninth in the discus. His hammer throw mark was the 47th best in the West Region to earn him a berth at the NCAA West Preliminary. Academically, he owns a 3.94 GPA in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.