BATON ROUGE – Three members of the LSU Track & Field program have been honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their outstanding athletic and academic performance during the 2016 collegiate season while earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors from the organization this week.
All-American 800-meter runner Morgan Schuetz has picked up her third-straight USTFCCCA All-Academic selection, while senior javelin thrower Annie Simoneaux has been honored for the second-straight season and freshman pole vaulter Chadd Burns was recognized by the organization for the first time.
Schuetz’s performance was crucial in the Lady Tigers return to the Top 10 of the team standings at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships as she earned her first career All-American honor as a finalist in the women’s 800-meter run. She placed seventh nationally to cap a junior season in which she was also crowned the SEC Indoor Champion and SEC Outdoor Bronze Medalist in the event.
The Lady Tigers ended the 2016 outdoor season with a sixth-place team finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while scoring 31 points in two days of competition at Oregon’s Hayward Field in June.
Simoneaux, the 10th-place finisher in the women’s javelin at the NCAA Championships in 2015, competed in the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the fourth time in her career in her final season at LSU. In his rookie season with the Tigers, Burns also competed at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the men’s pole vault after clearing a lifetime PR of 16 feet, 7 ¼ inches at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
In order to qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic status for 2015, a student-athlete must have maintained a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average during their respective collegiate careers.
They must also have met either of the athletic criteria set by the USTFCCCA. A student-athlete must have finished the regular season indoors ranked in the national Top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the Top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA performance list provided by TFRRS.org, or participated in any round of an event at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.