Georgia Track & Field Puts Eight On USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams
July 31, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Five Lady Bulldogs and three members of the Georgia men’s track and field team combined to give UGA a program high eight individuals on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic teams, according to recent announcements.
In addition, the Georgia women qualified for team honors after posting a combined GPA of 3.14.
Junior Maria Augutis, junior Kristie Krueger, freshman Morgann Leleux, junior Lucie Ondraschkova and freshman Allison Updike recorded at least a 3.25 GPA individually and competed at the NCAA East Regionals to qualify on the women’s side for Georgia.
Augutis, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, is on the All-Academic team for the third consecutive season. She sports a 3.47 and is working on an undergraduate degree in Geography. The 2011 SEC outdoor champion in the triple jump advanced to the NCAA East Regionals after finishing fourth at the SEC Championships with a season-best mark of 41 feet, 8 inches.
Krueger, a native of Argyle, Texas, returned to the All-Academic team for the first time since 2010. The 2010 SEC cross country champion made a trip to the podium in the 10,000-meter run at the SEC Outdoor Championships after winning the event with a 34:49.10. This marked the first time Krueger had ever run the event collegiately. Her time is the fifth fastest in school history. Krueger highlighted her indoor season with a fourth-place finish in the 5000 at SECs.
Leleux, a native of New Iberia, La., received her first selection to the All-Academic team thanks to a 3.34 GPA in her major. Not only did this true freshman win the 2012 SEC outdoor pole vault title, but she also set an outdoor school record with a mark of 14-6.75. Leleux was a First Team All-American during both the indoor and outdoor seasons with runner-up finishes at both NCAA Championships.
Ondraschkova, a native of Opava, Czech Republic, has also been named to her third All-Academic team following her junior campaign. A Finance major, Ondraschkova has a 3.84 GPA as she prepares for her final year with the Lady Bulldogs. She bounced back from an early elbow injury during the indoor season to take sixth in the heptathlon at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a season-high point total of 5,443 before advancing to the NCAA Championships.
Updike, a native of Nesquehoning, Pa., matched Leleux by being named to the All-Academic team in her first year and also clinching an SEC crown. Updike lifted her top mark in the javelin 161-2 to win the outdoor conference title. She finished her freshman year at No. 5 on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list with an effort of 167 feet while winning three meets for the Lady Bulldogs.
Ebbets, a native of Leesburg, earned his first spot on the All-Academic year during his second season. He posted a 3.25 GPA while majoring in Exercise and Sport Science. Ebbets shot to the second spot in the Bulldog record books after clearing 17-5.50 in the pole vault for runner-up honors at the 2012 Spec Towns meet in Athens. After also finishing second in Georgia’s other home meet this year, Ebbets advanced to the NCAA East Regionals for the first time in his career.
Lord, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., had a GPA of 3.57 while majoring in Applied Biotechnics during his sophomore year. He advanced to his first NCAA Regionals thanks to clocking the fourth fastest 5000 time (14:03.33) in school history at the 2012 Mt. SAC Relays. Lord went on to earn runner-up honors at the SEC Championships.
McCarty, a native of Dunwoody, made his first appearance on the All-Academic team and at the NCAA Championships during his second year of competition. McCarty had a GPA of 3.31 while majoring in Education and Sport Science. He was fourth in the discus at the SEC Championships and registered the ninth-best throw in school history with a mark of 183-7 at the 2010 Triton Invitational.