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Boilermakers earn nine spots on the USTFCCCA Women’s Academic All-America team

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue women’s track and field team earned nine spots on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic All-America team on Monday. A record total of 531 student-athletes representing 146 Division I institutions qualified for national scholastic honors in 2009.

NCAA Division 1 2009 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  Purdue's Kara Patterson took second in the Women's Javelin final. (Photo:Doug Beghtel, The Oregonian)

NCAA Division 1 2009 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Purdue's Kara Patterson took second in the Women's Javelin final. (Photo:Doug Beghtel, The Oregonian)

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.

The nine Boilermakers making the cut were seniors Kara Patterson and Mallory Peck, juniors Nan Hammel, Ashlee Lengacher, Brianna Neumann and Kristin Phillips, sophomore Emily Breslin and first-years Leah Eber and Elizabeth Stover. All nine qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships during the outdoor campaign, while Peck and Neumann also posted provisional qualifying marks during the indoor season. Patterson was the lone All-America honoree of the group, taking second in the women’s javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The University of Nebraska led all institutions with 19 student-athletes on the All-Academic team. Brigham Young University and the University of Oregon followed with 16 student-athletes each on the All-Academic team. The Pacific-10 Conference led all conferences with 56 selections, with the Big 12 Conference following closely with 50 selections. The Southeastern Conference had 48 women’s student-athletes earn All-Academic honors.

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