BUFFALO, NY – Juniors Kelly Truppo and Emma Siuciak of the University at Buffalo women's track and field team have been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, as announced on Tuesday.
Combining their great accomplishments on the track with even better accomplishments in the classroom, Truppo and Siuciak joined a list of 727 total women from 190 institutions.
Siuciak closed out her junior campaign with yet another strong showing in the heptathlon at the MAC Outdoor Championships, recording a second place finish. Siuciak was not able to pick up her second straight MAC crown in the event despite collecting a season-best 5,347 points. The communications major currently has a combined grade-point average of 3.36.
Truppo, meanwhile, continued to be the Bulls best pole-vaulter throughout her junior year as she placed in the top-five in multiple meets. The Alden, NY native was able to collect her second straight top-five finish at the MAC Outdoor Championships, collecting a fourth place showing as she cleared a height of 12'06.75" (3.83m). Truppo earned a spot in the NCAA East Region Preliminaries for the second straight season as she took home a 20th place finish after clearing a season-best height of 13'03.50 (4.05m). The health and humans services major owns a cumulative grade-point average of 3.51.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor seasons.
The USTFCCCA also announced Tuesday the 2014 Division I All-Academic Track & Field teams, which the Buffalo women proudly ranked among. The Bulls joined a total of 208 women's teams and 116 men's teams that earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.