July 24, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Six members of the Air Force track and field team were named to the 2013 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Division I All-Academic Team, the USTFCCCA office announced this afternoon (July 24).
Sophomore Kobi Rex and junior Jake Hawkins joined seniors Matt Bell, Jen Bremser, Jeremy Drenckhahn and Brian Ford as six of the over 1100 athletes to earn all-academic distinction from the coaches' association, which is determined by both academic and athletic achievement during the recent track and field season.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, the student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or 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 in 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).
Drenckhahn, who maintained a 3.79 GPA in biology, posted the Falcons' highest average, en route to his second selection to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. The recent Academy graduate, who also garnered this honor in 2011, competed in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Preliminary). He was one of two Falcons to earn all-academic honors for the second time, as Rex, a management and legal studies major (3.65) who competed in the high jump at the West Preliminary meet, earned the distinction for the second straight year.
Ford (3.67, computer science) and Bell (3.51, environmental engineering) both competed in multiple events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Preliminary) to earn all-academic honors for the first time. Ford participated in the discus throw and hammer throw, while Bell raced in the 500-meter run and joined Drenckhahn in the 10,000-meter run. Hawkins, a 1500-meter specialist at the West Preliminary meet, earned his first USTFCCCA honor with a 3.49 GPA in physics. With a 3.53 GPA in biology, Bremser rounded out the Air Force contingent after competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the national preliminary meet.
In all 448 men (149 institutions) and 710 women (187 institutions) earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team status. Air Force's total, which is the most in a single season since 2003, comprises six of the eight service academy representatives on the list