TUCSON†Ė The University of Arizona Wildcat track and field program received a number of academic honors on Wednesday when the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) announced the Academic All-Americans and Scholar Athletes of the Year.
For the third-straight year, Brigetta Barrett, now a former Wildcat, was named the 2013 Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. She is the first Division I woman to earn Scholar Athlete of the Year distinctions, either indoors or out, track or field, in three consecutive years. Barrett graduated from Arizona in May with honors as a theatre arts major and had a cumulative GPA of 3.543.
Barrett was an Academic All-American along with six other women on the track and field team. Junior-to-be Stephanie Bulder posted a cumulative GPA of 3.95 and majors in molecular and cellular biology. Junior-to-be Clea Formaz had a GPA of 3.29 as a psychology major. Taylor Freeman, a graduate of Arizona, had a 3.55 GPA as a marketing major. Alyssa Hasslen, a senior-to-be, majors in family studies and has a GPA of 3.80. Junior-to-be Shakayla McEaddy posted a 3.29 GPA as a pre-physiology major. Senior-to-be Tamara Pridgett had a 3.70 GPA as a communication major. A total of 187 institutions earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher. The women’s team had a total GPA of 3.07.†
Lawi Lalang, a senior-to-be, was a public health major with a 3.356 cumulative GPA, earned both the indoor track and outdoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year. Lalang’s accomplishment is the first time a male has swept the two since David McNeill of Northern Arizona in 2010.
Lalang earned Academic All-America honors along with junior-to-be Sam Macaluso and UA alum Edgar Rivera-Morales. Macaluso posted a cumulative 3.47 GPA and majors in management information systems major. Rivera-Morales graduated from Arizona in May with a cumulative 3.62 GPA as an industrial engineering major. A total of 111 institutions earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher. Arizona was the top team in Division I with a cumulative team mark of 3.511.†
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 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 or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Edgar Rivera-Morales and his brother, Luis Rivera-Morales, a former Wildcat as well, will both represent Mexico in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. That competition begins on August 10th. Edgar will compete in the high jump with a season-best mark of 7-5.75 (2.28m). Luis has the No. 1 mark in the world in the long jump; he set that mark of 27-9.25 (8.46m) at the World University Games.