Four members of MissourI S&T’s track & field teams – two from both the men’s and women’s programs – have been selected to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s all-academic team for the 2012 season.
Seniors Dan Hellwig (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit ) and Allen Ernst (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) from the men’s team and sophomores Molly Clement (Souderten, Pa./Souderten) and Rachel Ederle (St. Louis, Mo./Affton) from the women’s squad were named by the USTFCCCA to its squad for the recently completed season. Individuals with cumulative grade point averages of 3.25 or better who also reached a provisional or automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II Championships – either in the indoor or outdoor season – would qualify for the team.
Hellwig earned All-America status in both the 2012 indoor and outdoor season in the pole vault, finishing fourth at the outdoor championships in May after placing sixth indoors in March. He was the Great Lakes Valley Conference indoor champion in the event and finished second in the outdoor pole vault this spring.
In addition, he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team for his work in the classroom as a computer science major at Missouri S&T.
Ernst, a mechanical engineering major at S&T, earned a provisional qualifying mark in the steeplechase during the outdoor season and finished fifth in the event at the GLVC Outdoor Championships this year.
Clement and Ederle both posted outstanding seasons on the track for the Lady Miners, as each earned all-conference honors during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in the pole vault. Clement won the GLVC indoor title to earn first-team All-GLVC honors and later added a fourth place finish outdoors, while Ederle placed second outdoors and fourth indoors during the 2012 season.
Ederle, an engineering major at Missouri S&T, broke the school record in the outdoor pole vault this season by clearing 12-1 ½, while Clement – a mechanical engineering major – tied the indoor mark by clearing 11-8 during the year.