July 30, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio's track & field program received All-Academic team recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for its 2011-12 season, turning in a 3.37 team GPA, highest in the Mid-American Conference and 35th nationally.
Nationally, a total of 171 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better. Duke reported the top cumulative team GPA among Division I women’s programs through the spring 2012 semester with a 3.58 tally. Wofford (3.53) and Weber State (3.52) followed. Among all conferences, the Big East led with 12 teams named as All-Academic. The MAC and Big Ten followed with nine.
Ohio Track & Field also had two student-athletes named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2011 Division I All-Academic honorees. Juli Accurso and Emily Pifer were selected, making it four-consecutive years the Bobcats have placed at least two student-athletes on the list.
Pifer (Canal Winchester, Ohio) currently owns a 3.94 GPA in Journalism and was named to the 2012 Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Mid-American Conference Teams. She qualified for the 10,000m at the NCAA East Regionals and finished fourth at the MAC Championships in the 10k with Ohio's top time of the season (34:55.53).
Accurso (Casstown, Ohio), was named a Second Team All-American by the United States Track, Field and Cross Country Coaches of America, and currently owns a 3.84 GPA in French. The 2012 Women's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-MAC choice became the first Bobcat to ever qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships where she nearly broke the facility record set in 2003.