July 23, 2014
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State track & field had six individuals receive 2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition, while both the men's and women's squads were selected as All-Academic Teams the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced.
The Beach women garnered All-Academic Team honors for the 10th-consecutive season with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.01, while the LBSU men earned the award for the second-straight year with a 3.04 team GPA.
In addition, six 49ers - Fatima Vergara, Kayla Kamaka, Alex Kruthers, Conner Rouse, Brandon Hierholzer and Dylan McCloskey - received individual USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades. To be eligible for all-academic honors, student-athletes must have compiled a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.
Vergara was the Big West champion and an NCAA West Preliminary qualifier in the hammer throw. She claimed the conference title with a toss of 189-04. Earlier in the year at the Ben Brown Invitational, Vergara registered a personal-best 192-02, which ranks third in school history. Vergara is an upcoming senior and is majoring in community health education.
Kamaka qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary in the pole vault after clearing a personal-record 13-01.5 at the Anteater 4-Way Meet. She is tied for second on the LBSU all-time top-10 list as she became just the third 49er in program history to reach 13 feet. Kamaka recently graduated with a degree in kinesiotherapy.
Kruthers advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary in the 400m after establishing a lifetime-best 54.34 to finish fourth at the Big West Championships. That mark ranks second in program history. Kruthers is majoring in psychology.
Rouse was the Big West champion in the pole vault and tied for 30th at the NCAA West Preliminary. He notched a personal-record 17-00.75 to earn top honors at the conference meet, while he also cleared 17-00 to win the Triton Invitational. Rouse, who will be a junior in the fall, is majoring in studio art.
Hierholzer was the Big West runner-up and an NCAA West Preliminary qualifier in the pole vault. He established a lifetime-best 17-00.75 at the conference championships. Hierholzer graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in the spring.
McCloskey advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary in the 400m and as a member of the 4x400 relay team. He earned All-Big West honors in the 400m and both relay events, while also scoring in the 200m with a top-eight finish. McCloskey is an upcoming junior and is majoring in sociology.
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