Track & Field: Four athletes named to America East All-Academic team

By Staff Report
On March 28, 2014

Four members of the University of New Hampshire men's and women's track and field teams were named to the America East All-Academic Team for the indoor season, the league announced Thursday.

Zachary Chabot and John Prizzi, both juniors of the men's team and senior Elise Beattie and Jessica Salley of the women's team earned top academic honors.

Chabot, a civil engineering major with a 3.98 GPA, takes home the first All-Academic honor of his career. During the indoor season, the junior posted five top-eight finishes for UNH. The highlight of the season came when he helped the UNH distance medley relay squad capture seventh place at the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 23.

Prizzi, an Earth Science major with a 3.57 GPA, earns All-Academic honors for the second consecutive indoor season and the second time in his career. The junior distance runner placed in seven races during the season, including six first-place finishes. Prizzi earned an individual title in the 3,000-meter race at the America East Indoor Championships and captured fifth place in the same event at IC4A/ECAC Championships on March 3.

Beattie, a nursing major with a 3.64 GPA, claims her first America East All-Academic Team accolade. The Wildcat distance runner posted five top-five finishes over the course of the season for UNH, including two third-place finishes, two second-place finishes, and one first-place finish. The highlight of her season came at the America East Conference meet, where she earned third in the 3,000-meter race and second in the 5,000-meter event.

Salley, a communications services and disorders major with a 3.98 GPA, will take home her first All-Academic honor. A high jumper, Salley earned six top-four finishes for the Wildcats during the year. The junior claimed a silver medal at the conference meet when she tied a school-record mark of five feet and seven inches. Salley went on to earn third place in the same event at the New England Championships on March 1.

Each nominee must be at least in sophomore standing academically, have earned a minimum 3.3 GPA and have competed in at least 50 percent of the team's 2013-14 contests or be a significant reserve.

Student athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of the directors, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine-member institutions.

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