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Boilermakers take three spots on USTFCCCA Men’s Academic All-America team

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue men’s track and field team earned a trio of spots on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic All-America team on Tuesday. A record total of 327 student-athletes representing 107 Division I institutions qualified for national scholastic honors in 2009.

Lance Moe qualified for his third consecutive NCAA Mideast Regional Championship in 2009.

Lance Moe qualified for his third consecutive NCAA Mideast Regional Championship in 2009.

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.

Juniors Chris Kirkwood and Lance Moe, and sophomore Josh Hembrough were the trio of Boilermaker student-athletes to earn national scholastic honors, as all three achieved NCAA Outdoor Regional qualification this season. Kirkwood and Moe both surpassed the regional standard in the high jump, while Hembrough qualified in the 110-meter hurdles. Hembrough also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships and went on to earn USTFCCCA Indoor All-America honors with an eighth-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles.

The University of Nebraska led all institutions with 16 student-athletes on the All-Academic team, followed by Brigham Young University with 12 student-athletes on the team. University of Oregon placed 11 student-athletes on the team. The Big 12 Conference led all conferences with 46 selections, with the Pacific-10 Conference following closely with 42 selections. The Mountain West Conference had 28 men’s student-athletes earn All-Academic honors.

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