BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's track and field team was well represented as All-Academic selections were made by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Bulls were honored as a team, while a pair of throwers all stood out in the classroom.
As a group the Bulls were one 164 teams honored for having a cumulative GPA over 3.00. UB was one of six schools in the conference to achieve the honor, joining Akron, Bowling Green, Miami, Central Michigan and Ohio.
Individually both Becky O'Brien and Shant'e White were recognized by the USTFCCCA with All-Academic status, joining a record 661 other athletes who also qualified.
O'Brien, who has a 3.292 GPA, was the Mid-American Conference champion in both the shot put and discus, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in both events. This past season alone she set school records in both the indoor and outdoor shot put and the discus.
White, a nursing major with a 3.745 GPA, was also a Mid-American Conference champion, setting the school record in the hammer throw. White nearly missed NCAA Nationals, finishing in 13th place at the NCAA East Preliminary Round back in May.
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).