BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Three Birmingham-Southern track and field athletes were recently honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association by earning All-Academic honors.
Rising senior Hank Ballard and recent graduates Aaron Sherrill and Robert Willett were all named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship, or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
Ballard, a biology major with a 3.63 GPA, competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the javelin throw, where he finished 18th in the nation. Sherrill also competed in the outdoor javelin, placing fourth to earn All-American honors. He recently graduated with a 3.69 GPA in mathematics. Willett, who graduated in May with a 3.35 GPA in psychology, won the 800-meter outdoor national championship, earning All-American honors.
"Each one of these men worked extremely hard in the classroom, within the community and at getting better daily in practice," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "I am so proud of the example that they have set for the rest of our men's and women's teams!"