July 23, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Four members of the Air Force track and field team were named to the 2014 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Division I All-Academic Team on July 22. The list of Air Force honorees includes junior Kobi Rex, who made his third appearance on the USTFCCCA team in as many years, and three first-time honorees - classmate Elliot Myers, sophomore Grant Hamilton and freshman Matt Dorsey.
The USTFCCCA All-Academic Team is determined by both academic and athletic achievement during the recent track and field season. To qualify, the student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 of higher and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 of an individual event on the official NCAA POP list; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
With a 3.74 GPA in management, Rex became the first member of the men's team to earn academic honors from the USTFCCCA for three consecutive years. He is one of just three Falcons to capture this award on three occasions, joining Paige Blackburn (10-11-12) and Kimber Shealy (09-10-12) from the women's team. Although injury hampered his outdoor season, Rex finished the indoor season ranked 35th, nationally, in the high jump.
Like Rex, Myers qualified based on his national ranking during the indoor season. Holding a 3.41 GPA in physics, the distance runner was ranked 80th in the 5000-meter run to earn his first such academic award. Hamilton met athletic requirements in the shot put during both the indoor (ranked 56th) and outdoor (NCAA competitor) seasons, while maintaining a 3.31 GPA in American history, and Dorsey competed in the 1500-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships following an academic year that included a 3.34 GPA in biology.
In all, 496 men (165 institutions) and 727 women (193 institutions) earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. The Air Force quartet represents four of the five service academy representatives on the list.