Women Earn 6th Straight USTFCCCA Scholar Team Award

By Jared Verner published July 24, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's track and field team earned Scholar Team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the sixth consecutive year. The Mountain Lions also had six student-athletes earn individual All-Academic awards.

Alyssa Andrews, Megan Burrell, Alex Colvin, Melanie Diep and Angie Martell each earned All-Academic awards with a national qualifying mark and a cumulative grade point average above 3.25. The five Mountain Lion scholar-athletes in a single year is the most since available records start in 2006.

Colvin became the fifth student-athlete in UCCS history and the first from the cross country and track and field program to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors. Colvin was a third team selection after she placed No. 10 in the pole vault at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She is second in UCCS records for the indoor and outdoor pole vault and is a two-time RMAC indoor champion.

Burrell finished No. 16 in the 1,500-meter run at the outdoor national championships and No. 13 in the mile run at the indoor national championships. She set UCCS records in the outdoor 1,500-meter run, outdoor 5,000-meter run, the indoor mile run and indoor 3,000-meter run. Burrell was the female recipient of the department's McLaughlin Award for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and community service.

Andrews finished No. 14 in the 10,000-meter run at the national championships and has the third-fastest time in UCCS history. She was a USTFCCCA All-Region runner and was a member of the UCCS Dean's List in the spring semester.

Diep was a member of the distance medley relay that finished No. 11 at the indoor national championships. She scored for the Mountain Lions in the 800-meter run and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay at the RMAC indoor championships. Diep was a member of the UCCS President's List in both semesters of 2012-13 with a 4.00 semester grade point average.

Martell earned All-RMAC honors in the 10,000-meter run and indoor 5,000-meter run. She was a member of the RMAC Academic Honor Roll for the indoor and outdoor season and earned a spot on the UCCS President's List in fall 2012.

The Mountain Lions' five All-Academic awards ranked third among the 10 RMAC teams. The USTFCCCA recognized 384 women in Division II who recorded a provisional or automatic qualifying mark and finished the 2013 spring semester with a cumulative grade point average above 3.25.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Angie Martell Angie Martell Distance So
Melanie Diep Melanie Diep Distance Fr
Alex ColvinAlex ColvinPole Vault
Megan Burrell Megan Burrell Distance Sr
Alyssa Andrews Alyssa Andrews So
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