Eleven CAA Men's Track & Field Standouts Selected To USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
RICHMOND, Va. -- Eleven Colonial Athletic Association men's track and field student-athletes earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the 2011 season as announced on Wednesday. A record number of 420 student-athletes representing 153 institutions nationwide comprise the group.
George Mason and William & Mary led the league with four selections each. The Patriots featured Christopher Carrigan, Lavell Handy, Adrian Vaughn and Nicholas Vaughn. This marks the second consecutive year Handy and Nicholas Vaughn have earned All-Academic Team honors. The Tribe award winners included Ben Massam, Alex McGrath, Brian Sklodowski and Lewis Woodward. UNC Wilmington's Bob Vanderham and Wil Zahorodny earned accolades as well as Northeastern's Jonathon Hall.
Handy, the 2011 CAA Track & Field Athlete of the Year, won the long jump, triple jump and 110 meter hurdles events at the 2011 CAA Championship in route to leading George Mason to a team title. The rising senior finished 12th overall in the triple jump at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Brothers Adrian and Nicholas Vaughn earned accolades based on their participation on the Mason 4x100 team that finished 20th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Tribe's McGrath and Sklodwoski both took individual titles at the CAA Championship for events in the 10,000 meters and 1,500 meters respectively.
Hall and Vanderham each won events at the CAA Championship, with Hall taking down the 400 meter hurdles and Vanderham winning the 800 meters.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 standards or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event.