NEW ORLEANS – A program-record eight members of the Air Force track and field team were named to the 2017 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Division I All-Academic Team this afternoon (July 28). The Academy representatives included four repeat selections, including 2017 graduate Matt Dorsey, who captured the USTFCCCA honor for the third time in his career.
Juniors Robbie Anderson, Tyler Koss and Shelley Spires were named All-Academic for the second straight season, while classmates Calvin Berstler and Chip White earned their first USTFCCCA selection. Eric Hoff and Malachi Sparling, both 2017 Academy graduates, also captured academic honors for the first time.
The USTFCCCA All-Academic Team is determined by both academic and athletic achievement during the track and field season. To qualify, the student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and have met at least one 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 or as a member of a relay that was ranked in the top 48 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.
Dorsey completed his senior season with a 3.40 GPA in biology, a top-40 ranking in the indoor mile (4:01.40, 40th) and an appearance in the 1500-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Anderson and Koss both ran on relays that qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, with Anderson (3.35 GPA in political science) running the third leg of the 4x100-meter relay and Koss (3.47 GPA in management) running the same leg on the 4x400-meter race. Koss also qualified individually to the outdoor meet, as he competed in the opening round of the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Like Dorsey, Spires met the qualifying criteria during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Holding a 3.42 GPA in behavioral sciences, the Falcons’ high jumper was ranked fourth during the indoor season (6’1½”) and also qualified to the NCAA Championships during the outdoor season.
Berstler earned his first selection to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team after finishing his junior season with a 3.63 GPA in biochemistry and a No. 61 indoor ranking in the heptathlon (5313 points). White, who holds a 3.30 GPA in management, qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles and as the second runner on the 4x400-meter relay, while Hoff (3.40 GPA in aeronautical engineering) qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin throw and Sparling (3.28 GPA in civil engineering) ranked 71st, nationally, in the weight throw (63’10¼”) during the indoor season.