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Track and Field Collects USTFCCCA Academic Honors

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s men’s and women’s track and field teams are among the Division I squads named All-Academic Teams for their academic performance, and six individuals on those teams were named All-Academic Athletes for the 2022-23 academic year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Georgia Tech’s women’s team posted an aggregate 3.34 grade-point average for the 2022-23 academic year, while the men’s team posted a 3.29 GPA.

Women’s honorees include senior distance runner Liz Galarza, a senior distance runner from Cumming, Ga., pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering; Sheleah Harris, a sprinter from Watkinsville, Ga., majoring in computational media; Helena Lindsay, a graduate student from Yokohama, Japan studying geographic information science and technology; ACC champion high jumper Shanty Papakosta, a junior from Athens, Greece, majoring in earth and atmospheric sciences; and Anna Witherspoon, a senior hurdler from Pickering, Alberta, majoring in business administration.

Men’s triple jumper John Watkins, a junior from Hoover, Ala., majoring in electrical engineering on the men’s team, was recognized for his academic performance for the third straight year.

Watkins, Harris and Papakosta were honored in May by being named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team, and all six were named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team.

Eligibility requirements for individual student-athletes include a grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, and completion of at least two (2) semesters or three (3) quarters at the nominating institution. They must have finished the season ranked in the top 96 in any championship individual event, or in the top 48 in any championship relay event, for the most recent indoor season, or have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.

Eligibility requirements for teams is a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for all student-athletes on the institution’s NCAA Squad List for Indoor and/or Outdoor Track and Field for the 2020-21 academic year, including the most recent grading period.

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