Track & Field Lands Six America East All-Academics
BOSTON – The University at Albany track & field team saw six student-athlete earn All-Academic honors for the 2019 outdoor season, the America East announced Thursday. Graduate students Tara Belinsky and Kyle Gronostaj, seniors Walter Briggs, Anika Hibbard, and Cara Sherman, and junior Tori Reid were the Great Danes honored.
Belinsky, a thrower from Locust Valley, N.Y., was named All-Academic for the third time in her career and for the first time for the outdoor season. She won the shot put at the America East Outdoor Championships, setting a new championship meet record. Earlier this season, Belinsky set the UAlbany program record in the shot put at 53-06.50.
Briggs, a hurdler from Kingston, N.Y., earned a 3.63 GPA studying Business Administration. Briggs won both the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles at the America East Outdoor Championships, and also ran a leg on the champion 4x400m relay. This is his first career All-Academic honor.
Gronostaj, a distance runner from East Greenbush, N.Y., earns his second-straight All-Academic honor for outdoor track, and his sixth overall. He earned his undergraduate degree with a 3.58 GPA in Business with a minor in Public Health, before recording a 3.90 graduate GPA studying Higher Education. He placed second in the 10,000m at the America East Outdoor Championships, and third in the 5,000m. Earlier this season, Gronostaj broke his own record in the 10,000m, finishing in 29:29.72.
Hibbard, a high jumper from Bedford, N.H., earned a 3.47 GPA studying Emergency Preparedness and Sociology, with a minor in Criminal Justice. She won her third straight title in the high jump at the America East Outdoor Championships, finishing her career with six titles in the event between indoor and outdoor championships out of a possible eight. Earlier this season she broke her own school record in the high jump, clearing 5-10.75.
Reid, a multis athlete from Port Jefferson, N.Y., earned a 3.90 GPA studying Psychology, and earns her first-ever America East All-Academic honor. She placed second in the heptathlon at the America East Outdoor Championships, as well as 13th in the open high jump
Sherman, a distance runner from Rotterdam, N.Y., earned a 3.90 GPA studying Mathematics and Biology. Sherman earns her fifth career America East All-Academic honor, and first for the outdoor season. She completes the personal sweep, earning All-Academic honors in the same academic year for cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track, in addition to winning the America East Elite 18 Award for the most recent cross country season. Sherman won the 10,000m at the America East Outdoor Championships.
Five of the six All-Academic selections will compete this week at NCAA East Preliminary Championships starting Thursday, May 23 at the University of North Florida with a chance to qualify for NCAA Outdoor Championships at the University of Texas in two weeks.