Aug. 4, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma women’s track and field team led all program’s nationally as it was named All-Academic Wednesday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), having earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better. The Sooner women finished the year with a team GPA of 3.62, good for first in the nation. Quinnipiac was next in line at 3.58.
The Oklahoma women were one of eight Big 12 teams given the honor and were led by ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American Amy Backel. When Backel received the All-American honor, she became the first athlete, male or female, in Oklahoma history to earn the honor three times.
Backel was one five OU women named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team one week ago as Brittany Borman, Jessica Engel, Karen Shump and Sherine Wells each earned the honor.
The Oklahoma program was represented on both the men’s and women’s All-Academic lists as the OU men earned the honor on Monday, leading all Big 12 Track and Field teams with a 3.23 GPA.