Senior Brittany Copeland was also honored individually by the USTFCCCA.
Aug. 11, 2011
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The East Carolina women's track and field squad has been named a Division I All-Academic Team by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) according to a release from the organization Thursday.
The Pirates produced a team grade-point average of 3.15 to earn the distinction with a total of 164 institutions sporting a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better. ECU was one of four Conference USA schools on the list - joining Rice, SMU and Southern Miss.
In addition to the team honor, senior Brittany Copeland was selected as a USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Scholar. The distance specialist carries a cumulative GPA of 3.64 as a recreational therapy major. She was ranked 66th in the nation in the 3,000-meter run during the indoor season, clocking in with a school-record time of 9:27.78 at the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame.
During the 2011 outdoor track campaign, Copeland took a redshirt and will compete for the Pirates in the spring of 2012.
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 performance 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).