Aug. 6, 2008
ATLANTA – Five Yellow Jackets were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Teams Tuesday for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
The Georgia Tech women’s team garnered All-Academic Track and Field team honors with a combined grade point average of 3.150.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.
Sims, who makes the team for the second year in a row, finished the outdoor season with a personal-best time of 4:23.99 in the 1500-meter run at the NCAA East Region Championships for a 10th-place finish. The mid-distance runner from Woodstock, Ga. also registered a team season-best time of 9:43.46 in the 3000-meter run at the Penn Relays. Sims completed the 800-meter run in a season-best time of 2:14.61 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.
Clooten, a junior biomedical engineer major, tallied a personal-best throw of 184 feet, 9 inches in the hammer throw at the NCAA East Region Championships for a seventh-place finish to earn All-East Region honors. In the indoor season, Clooten finished first place in the weight throw at the Clemson Opener by tossing a season-best mark of 60 feet, 6 3/4 inches.
Grant, a sophomore management major, ran a personal-best time of 24.65 in the 200-meter dash at the ACC Outdoor Championships. She also ran a leg of the NCAA East Region Championships qualifying 4×400-meter relay team that placed fourth at the ACC meet with an outdoor season-best time of 3:41.45.
Wright, a freshman pole vaulter, registered a school-record mark of 12 feet, 9 1/2 inches in the pole vault at the ACC Outdoor Championships to earn All-ACC honors with a second-place finish. She finished in 12th place at the NCAA East Region Championships with a mark of 12 feet.
Gibbs, a junior engineering major, registered an outdoor career-best time of 3:47.03 in the 1500m at the Yellow Jacket Invitational to earn a bid into the NCAA East Region Championship. At the Championship, he finished 23rd in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:53.22.
To be nominated in the team category, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 team cumulative grade-point average. The Yellow Jacket women went well above and beyond that mark in the classroom by recording the 3.150 mark.