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Six Women's Track & Field Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Six Women's Track & Field Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Complete USTFCCCA All-Academic Selections

NEW ORLEANS – Six Baldwin Wallace University women's track and field student-athletes have earned United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Honors, as announced by the organization Monday morning.

To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and above and also met one of the following standards:

  • Have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship
  • Finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.

Junior three-time All-American distance runner Kelly Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit), junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference thrower Brooke Buckhannon (Collins/Western Reserve), junior All-OAC distance runner Bella Pendola (Warsaw/River View), sophomore All-OAC distance runner Madison Kile (North Canton/Hoover), freshman All-OAC distance runner Alyssa Laughner (Howard, Pa./Central Mountain) and freshman All-OAC hurdler Amanda Milo (Akron/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) are six of the 631 female student-athletes who received USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

Brennan earns her third consecutive USTFCCCA All-Academic honor as she carries a 3.974 GPA in finance and marketing. She notched two more All-American honors with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships and an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. Brennan also earned the OAC Co-Distance Athlete of the Year award, six All-OAC finishes and five USTFCCCA All-Great Lakes Region honors this season. Academically, Brennan is a Dean's List student, a Jacket Scholar, a three-time Academic All-OAC selection, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies and a College Sports Information Directors of America and Google Cloud Academic All-American.

Buckhannon garners her second career USTFCCCA All-Academic accolade with a 3.89 GPA in public relations. In her junior campaign, she earned four separate All-OAC honors, three USTFCCCA All-Great Lakes Region honors and two All-Ohio accolades while also being named the OAC Most Outstanding Field Event participant for the second straight season. Buckhannon is an Academic All-OAC selection, Dean's List student and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies.

Pendola also earns her second USTFCCCA All-Academic honor as she carries a 3.68 GPA in neuroscience and psychology. The junior earned her first USTFCCCA All-Great Lakes Region honor this season along with two All-OAC honors and an All-Ohio honor. Academically, Pendola is an Academic All-OAC honoree for both cross country and track and field as well as a Dean's List student, a Jacket Scholar, and a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.

Kile picks up her first USTFCCCA All-Academic honor while carrying a 3.95 GPA in engineering. The first-time honoree also earned her first USTFCCCA All-Great Lakes Region accolade and two All-OAC honors this season. Kile is an Academic All-OAC selection, Dean's List student, a Jacket Scholar and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Chi and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies.

Laughner collects her first USTFCCCA All-Academic honor with a 3.73 GPA in neuroscience and biology. As a freshman, she finished ninth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, earned two All-Ohio honors and an All-OAC honor.

Milo also earns her first USTFCCCA All-Academic honor while maintaining a 3.96 GPA in public health. In her first year, Milo placed 19th in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships while also earning her first USTFCCCA All-Great Lakes Region honor, two All-OAC honors and two All-Ohio honors.

Along with all of the individual honors, the Baldwin Wallace women's track and field program also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors with a cumulative GPA of 3.46. In order to qualify for this award, a program must finish highly at the respective National Championship meet and have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA. BW was one of 184 women's programs to win the award and finished 33rd as a team at the National Championship meet.

The Yellow Jackets finished the 2019 campaign in fourth place at both the OAC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships.