Baton Rouge, La. – Freshman Julia Palin and sophomore Lisa Gunnarsson have been recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their hard work in the classroom and on the track during the 2018-19 academic year.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, Palin and Gunnarsson had to have a GPA of 3.25 or higher and have met one of the following athletic standards: rank top 96 indoors in their event or compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries.
Gunnarsson met the academic criteria and cemented her spot with a No. 4 ranking on the NCAA indoor pole vault list. She cleared a season best of 14’ 9.50” (4.51 meters) at her only indoor meet of the season at the Razorback Invitational in late January. That mark made her the LSU school record holder indoors. Outdoors, she competed at the SEC Championships and placed sixth with a clearance of 13’ 7.75” (4.16 meters); the clearance of 13’ 7.75” is the second best in LSU history outdoors.