Track & Field

    Five Coyotes named to academic all-league team

    <b>Jeff Mettler</b>
    Jeff Mettler

    June 6, 2014

    VERMILLION, S.D. – Five members of South Dakota’s track and field teams were named to The Summit League’s Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-League teams in a league release on Friday. The teams were voted on by each member institution’s faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors.

    The Coyotes landed three on the men’s team with Jeff Mettler, Brant Haase and Jeff O’Connell receiving the honors. Madison Mills and Katie Wetzstein were named to the women’s team.

    Mettler and Haase both made the men’s academic all-league team for the second straight year and posted the only two 4.0 GPAs on the men’s team.  Mettler, who graduated last month with a degree in kinesiology/sports science, won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000 at The Summit League Outdoor Championships last month. He also won the steeplechase at the Drake Relays in April.

    Haase, a junior and health sciences/pre-pharmacy major, added a win in the 10,000 and a runner-up finish in the 5,000 at the league outdoor championships. He posted the league’s top time in the 5,000 at 14 minutes, 18.92 seconds.

    O’Connell received his first academic all-league honor after scoring in six events at the league championships and posting a 3.75 GPA as a physical education and coaching major. The junior won two league titles last month, winning the long jump and the 4x100.

    Mills, a sophomore with a 3.70 GPA in pre-physical therapy and kinesiology/sports science, posted the nation’s 19th-best pole vault mark of 13 feet, 9¼ inches this season. She won at the Drake Relays in April and placed second at the league outdoor championships.

    Wetzstein, a sophomore in medical biology with a 3.93 GPA, scored in three events at the league championships. She was second in the 1,500, fourth in the 5,000 and fifth in the 800. She also added a win at the Sioux City Relays in the 1,500 during the season.

    To be eligible for The Summit League Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team's competitions.  The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field all-league teams are made up of the 10 student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.

    2014 SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE TEAM

    Name

    School

    Yr.

    GPA

    Major

    Alec Espeland

    North Dakota State

    Sr.

    3.89

    Microbiology

    Brant Haase

    South Dakota

    Jr.

    4.00

    Health Science/Pre-Pharmacy

    Adam Halverson

    South Dakota State

    So.

    3.888

    Electrical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering

    Brett Kelly

    North Dakota State

    Jr.

    3.58

    Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    Drew Kraft

    South Dakota State

    Jr.

    3.85

    Agriculture & Resource Economics/Mathematics

    Matt Leal

    Western Illinois

    Sr.

    3.90

    Exercise Science/Psychology

    Nathaniel Marshall

    Western Illinois

    Sr.

    3.63

    Biology/Psychology

    Jeff Mettler

    South Dakota

    Sr.

    4.00

    Kinesiology & Sports Science

    Grant Mjelstad

    North Dakota State

    R-Fr.

    3.52

    Finance

    Jeff O’Connell

    South Dakota

    Jr.

    3.75

    Physical Education & Coaching

    2014 SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE TEAM

    Name

    School

    Yr.

    GPA

    Major

    Anna Benke

    North Dakota State

    So.

    4.00

    Nursing

    Madison Mills

    South Dakota

    So.

    3.70

    Pre-Physical Therapy/Kinesiology & Sports Science/French

    Chelsea Lynes

    Western Illinois

    Sr.

    3.97

    Exercise Science

    Kali Olson

    South Dakota State

    Sr.

    4.00

    Psychology

    Sierra Rosenau

    North Dakota State

    So.

    3.61

    Human Development & Family Science

    Sami Spenner

    Omaha

    Sr.

    3.83

    Exercise Science

    Ashley Tingelstad

    North Dakota State

    Sr.

    3.65

    Human Development & Family Science

    Katie Wetzstein

    South Dakota

    So.

    3.93

    Medical Biology

    Mary Wirth

    South Dakota State

    Jr.

    3.91

    Biology

    Rachel Zajac

    IUPUI

    Sr./Gr.

    4.00

    Applied Communication

     

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