NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University track and field programs' success on the track this past year was surpassed perhaps only by the student-athletes' performances in the classroom.
Thursday the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced that both the Belmont men's and women's track programs were named national All-Academic Teams for the 2017-18 school year, and Bruins Declan McManus (Worcestershire, England) and Karly Hibbard (Edmonds, Wash.) earned All-Academic Individual honors.
The Bruin men posted a 3.23 cumulative GPA, one of just four men's track teams from the Ohio Valley Conference to reach the 3.00 GPA threshold for All-Academic inclusion. Belmont's women's team had a 3.44 cumulative GPA for the year, one of eight OVC women's programs earning All-Academic honors.
Making the All-Academic Individual list is a bit more difficult. Athletes must achieve a 3.25 cumulative GPA while also competing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships or breaking into the top 96 in the national rankings in their respective event during the indoor season.
McManus, a redshirt sophomore majoring in marketing and economics, put together a 3.52 GPA this past year while reaching the NCAA East Preliminary Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He finished 26th in the event at the East Regional in a time of 9:03.96 in May.
Hibbard, a junior management major, had a 3.27 GPA and also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Championships. Hibbard placed 27th in the javelin at the East Regional with a throw of 45.24 meters.
The last Belmont student-athlete to earn All-Academic Individual recognition was distance runner Hannah Wittman following the 2016 season.