Five Coyotes named to academic all-league team
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.
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.