Jul 30, 2012 7:00 PM by Q2 Sports
NEW ORLEANS - The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released the 2012 Scholar Teams and Athletes and Montana State, again, earned both team and individual honors for their efforts in the classroom.
Both the men's and women's squads were named Scholar Teams for posting above a 3.0 grade point average. The women accumulated a 3.21 GPA putting them among 171 institutions.
Duke was the highest ranking program academically with a 3.58 mark among Division I Women's teams.
The Bobcat men were one of 85 teams with above a 3.0. MSU finished the 2012 season with a 3.10. Stanford held the highest GPA with 3.49.
Six student-athletes were also honored individually. Madeline Fuchs, Heather Haug and Amanda Murphy were named to the Women's All-Academic Team, while Jeff Mohl, David Phillips and Asa Staven earned the recognition for the men.
All three women qualified for the NCAA West Region Preliminary with Murphy advancing to the NCAA Championships where she placed 19th in the hammer throw. She also won the Big Sky Conference title in the hammer throw, as well as the indoor shot put. This was Murphy's first time earning the honors.
Also earning the award for the first time was Fuchs. The Spokane, Wash. native finished second at the Big Sky Championships in the 400 hurdles.
Haug, taking the honors for the third consecutive season, most notably set a new program record in the 3,000 steeplechase in 2012 with a time of 10:26.36.
On the men's side, Mohl, Phillips and Staven all had a very impressive 2012. After winning the decathlon at the Big Sky Championships, Mohl advanced to the NCAA Championships, where he placed 17th overall. He placed second in the indoor heptathlon at the conference meet in February.
Staven was the Big Sky Champion in the heptathlon, ahead of Mohl, where he set a new program and conference record with 5,731 points. He went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, where he bowed out of the competition due to injury. Staven placed second in the conference in the decathlon this outdoor season.
Phillips competed at the NCAA West Region Preliminary in the hammer throw where he placed 13th, just missing the mark to advance to the NCAA Championships. At the Big Sky meet, he placed third in both the discus and shot put, and second in the hammer throw.
All six Bobcats were named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic squad.
"I'm so proud of both teams, as well as the individuals," said head coach Dale Kennedy. "All six are great representatives for our University, department and program. Their performance levels in the classroom and in their respective events are the results of a high level of commitment to academic and athletic excellence."
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 of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).