LBSU Track & Field Earns USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
The Beach had seven individuals, plus both men’s and women’s teams earn All-Academic recognition.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State track & field had seven individuals receive 2017 USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, and both the men’s and women’s teams were given All-Academic status by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This is the fifth straight year the men’s team has earned the distinction and the 21st straight year for the women’s team, which has won the award every year since its inception in 1997.
Student-athletes Ashleigh Chambers, Riley Cooks, Shelby Crider, Josh Carr, James Hubbard, Robert Marlow and Paul Thenard were the individual honorees for the Beach. The seven All-Academic recipients are the most of any Big West school in 2017, and LBSU is the only member of the conference to have both men’s and women’s teams recognized. Long Beach State is one of just six Division I universities in California to have both teams earn All-Academic status this season.
This is the second consecutive All-Academic nod for Cooks, a departing senior and two-time All-American heptathlete at the Beach. She is the reigning Big West Field Athlete of the Year and was a 15th place finisher at the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon. Cooks majored in film and electronic arts at Long Beach State.
Chambers, a junior sprinter from Long Beach, finished third in the 200m and fourth in the 100m at the 2017 Big West Conference Championships and is majoring in human development at LBSU. Rounding out the women’s honorees is Crider, a senior thrower who majored in American studies. Crider was the 2017 Big West champion in the javelin thrown and was also a Top 10 finisher in the hammer throw.
The men’s team is led by a trio of throwers, starting with Carr, a redshirt sophomore from Visalia, Calif., who scored in two events at this year’s Big West Championships. He finished eighth in the men’s hammer throw and was fourth in the discus. Carr is majoring in kinesiology at the Beach with an option in physical education. He’s joined Hubbard, a senior and American studies major from Auburn, Calif. Hubbard was the 2017 Big West men’s hammer throw champion and placed sixth in the discus. Rounding out the throwers is the senior Marlow, who competed in three events at the conference meet, led by a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw. Marlow earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science at Long Beach State and is working toward his master’s degree in political science. This is his second career USTFCCCA All-Academic honor.
The final honoree is senior pole vaulter Thenard, who majored in exercise science at the Beach. Thenard was the 2017 Big West champion in the pole vault with a height of 16-09.50.
All seven student-athletes were previously recognized as Academic All-Big West performers. The men’s team also received NCAA Public Recognition back in May of this year for having an Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the Top 10 percent of all programs in the nation.
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