NEW ORLEANS – The TCNJ Women’s Track and Field Team has been named an All-Academic Team by the United States Athletic and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and seven Lions have qualified for All-Academic Athlete status.
Programs required a 3.10 cumulative grade point average to be recognized as an all-academic team and head coach justin lindseyThe team easily hit that mark, combining for an overall GPA of 3.54.
Amanda Demko, Megan Gasnick, Maria Grill, Nicole Lester, Ashlyn McLure, Victoria Purritanoand Alli Uhl all earned All-Academic Athlete honors. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.30 or better and finish the season in the national top 50 in an individual event or top 35 in a relay.
Demko won all-region honors in the 400 and 4×400 meter relays during the indoor campaign, as well as the 400 and 4×100 for the outdoor season. She competed in all three events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Gasnick was an all-around performer in the 200 and 400 (indoor) as well as the 4×400 (outdoor), competing in the latter at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Grill compiled a host of impressive accolades during his senior season, collecting Most Outstanding Track Athlete at the NJAC Indoor Championship as well as Most Outstanding Athlete at the NJAC Outdoor Championship. Qualified All-Metro in the 200, 400 and 4×400 for the indoor season and in the 200, 400, 4×100 and 4×400 for the outdoor campaign, Grill competed in the 4×400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships and three events ( 400, 4×100, 4×400) at NCAA outdoor championships.
Lester was the NJAC pole vault champion in both conference meets, achieving all-region status in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
MacLure was an All-Metro winner and an NCAA qualifier in the 4×100-meter relay during the outdoor season.
Purritano won the 400-meter hurdles at the NJAC Outdoor Championship and was in all regions at the 100 and 400 hurdles in the outdoor campaign.
Uhl was All-Metro in the 800 and 4×400 for the indoor season and in the 400 and 800 for the outdoor season. She ran the 800 and 4×400 in both NCAA Championship meets.