Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field junior Jennifer Mears (Vernon, Connecticut) was named to the 2014-15 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 1 NCAA Division I First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA).
Mears was one of three MAAC student-athletes honored with the regional distinction. She is one of 11 First Team selections for District 1, a region that is comprised of all NCAA Div. I schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Mears is now eligible for the Academic All-American team.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-American honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Mears has been a key cog in Quinnipiac's resurgence within the track and field program over the last two seasons as she first joined the team as a sophomore in 2014. In her sophomore season, Mears made history along with teammate Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Connecticut) as the pair became the first javelin throwers in program history on April 12 at the Rider Invitational. She went on to place 2nd twice before the MAAC Championships where she earned a 4th place result in a discipline never-before-seen by a Bobcat student-athlete in track and field program history.
During the 2015 outdoor season, Mears took off with a program record throw of 39.84m (130' 9") in the javelin on April 26 at the Yale Springtime Invitational. Mears' monster throw bested her previous program record of 36.38m by over 11 feet. She went on to finish 3rd at the MAAC Championships, moving up one spot from the 2014 conference championships, with a throw of 37.84m which was the second-best performance of her career. The junior wrapped up the 2015 campaign with an 11th place result at the New England Championships, moving up four spot from 2014 with a throw of 37.40m.
A two-time MAAC All-Academic Team honoree (2014-15), Mears' efforts in the classroom help boast her as one of the elite student-athlete Quinnipiac has to offer. At the annual Quinnipiac Department of Athletics & Recreation awards banquet, Mears as honored as the QU Junior Scholar Athlete with a 3.98 GPA, the highest GPA of all female student-athletes in the junior class. As a physician's assistant major, one of the most academically demanding majors within the University, Mears has made the Dean's List all six times as an undergraduate. Mears also has accomplished all of her academic accolades while also competing for the Quinnipiac women's soccer team. She is the lone current student-athlete at Quinnipiac who competes in more than one sport.
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