HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field junior Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Connecticut) was named to the 2015 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic All-America Team, as released by the committee on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Additionally, the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field program earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors for the 2015 season.
Samuels made history this past outdoor season as she became the first sprinter and just the second Bobcat in program history to advance to an NCAA Track & Field Regional event. Already the program's record holder in all five individual sprint events (60m, 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m), Samuels earned a spot in the NCAA East Regional with one of the Top 48 times among all student-athletes in the eastern region of the country. Her outdoor program record of 53.88 seconds in the 400m put her into the NCAA Regional event where she placed 47th on May 28, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Samuels was one of 13 MAAC student-athletes who were recognized individually by the USTFCCCA. This also represents Samuels' first Academic All-American honor as she became just the second Bobcat to advance to advance to the NCAA Regionals in the 2015 outdoor season.
A total of 838 women and 529 men from 372 teams earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments. 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 participated in any round of the NCAA Div. I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
The team award was also given to Quinnipiac based on the criteria wherein the team needs a 3.00 cumulative team grade point average at this season's NCAA Outdoor Div. I Championships. Among the teams recognized across the country includes 224 women's teams and 123 men's programs that combined academic and athletic achievement earned All-Academic Team honors this season.
The Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team put together one of the most impressive single-seasons in program history as the Bobcats soared to a program record 2nd place finish at the 2015 MAAC Championships. Quinnipiac went on to place 17th out of 41 teams at the New England Championships with 18 cumulated points (highest scored by QU at New Englands since 2007). Capped by Samuels' run to the NCAA East Regional and the 4x800m relay team placing at the ECAC Championships, the Bobcats strung together a late season run that will be remembered for some time.
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