Friday, July 27, 2012

Brittany Borman Track & Field Scholar of the Year

Brittany Borman competes in the Women's Javelin Throw Final on day ten of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at the Hayward Field on July 1, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (June 30, 2012 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma's Brittany Borman was named the Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Additionally, the OU women's track program was honored as an all-academic team Thursday and 18 Sooners were listed on USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Teams.

Borman was the NCAA National Champion in women's javelin throw and graduated in May with a 3.75 GPA. The Festus, Mo., native will represent the United States in the event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after a dramatic performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials where she won on her final attempt.

Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.

In addition to the Scholar Teams of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women's 2012 Division I All-Academic Track & Field Teams. The OU women were among a total of 171 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better.

Sooners George Alex, Eric Cray, Brandon Doughty, Bill Kogel, Holden Mitchell, Ryan Poland and Kevin Williams were among the individuals named to the USTFCCCA Men's All-Academic Team. Katie Adair, Jacy Bennett, Borman, Shakeeri Cole, Natalie Crain, Jessica Engel, Molly Ferguson, Lauren Guerrieri, Kristen Rice, Karen Shump and Sherine Wells were named to the women's all-academic team.

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