Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Six Ole Miss Athletes Nationally Recognized for Academic Honors

Photo by Ole Miss Sports
Photo by Ole Miss Sports

Six members of the Ole Miss track and field team have been recognized with All-Academic distinction by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced Wednesday.

Men’s team members Onyi Afoaku and Dante Oliver received the honor, along with women’s team members Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen, Jazmin Miller, Mary Ashton Nall and Kayleigh Skinner.

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).

Hellberg-Jonsen, who boasts a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a marketing & corporate relations major, was also recently honored as a Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Afoaku has a 3.62 GPA as a journalism major, while Oliver maintains a 3.30 in pharmaceutical sciences. Miller has a 3.60 in psychology, Nall a 3.56 in marketing & corporate relations and Skinner a 3.85 in journalism.

On the track, Nall capped a strong season by advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon and being named a second team All-American after she placed 14th overall.

Ole Miss routinely places several athletes on the USTFCCCA’s All-Academic list each year, including in 2007 when Barnabas Kirui was named the Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

— Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations

 

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