Drennen, Parks earn USTFCCCA All-Academic status

Aug. 10, 2012

At a time when fall sports are in full swing, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association annually allows one final look back at the previous season with the awarding of its individual and team All-Academic selections.

Montana had two individuals and a team meet the requirements for this year's honors.

Senior Katrina Drennen, who graduated in May with a 3.28 grade point average as an elementary education major, and freshman Allie Parks, who concluded her first year as an environmental studies major with a 3.66 GPA, both qualified to be named to the USTFCCCA's 2012 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.

A total of 676 student-athletes made this year's team. Those athletes represented 171 different institutions.

The requirements for individual honors include having a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative GPA and competing at at least the regional level during the outdoor season.

Drennen reached the NCAA West Regional at Austin, Texas, in May in the 5,000 meters. Parks advanced in the steeplechase.

Drennen finished 13th in an event that sent its top 12 to nationals. Parks was 41st in the steeplechase. She was ranked 48th in the event entering regionals.

The Montana women also qualified for the USTFCCCA's Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team award for the fifth straight year.

The Grizzlies concluded the spring semester with a 3.44 cumulative team GPA.



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