Aug. 10, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The work in the classroom has paid off for the Wyoming women's track and field program, as it was recently announced it received individual and team honors from a national coaching organization.
Wyoming was among six Mountain West Conference women's programs to be named as a 2010 Division I All-Academic Track & Field Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches.
It was the second straight year the Wyoming women were on the All-Academic list. To be nominated for Division I All-Academic Track & Field honors, a team must carry a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.
The Cowgirls turned in a 3.19 GPA for the year to rank among the best among 151 Division I women's teams. Other MWC programs on the list include BYU, Colorado State and New Mexico on the men's side, and New Mexico, Colorado State, BYU, TCU and UNLV on the women's side.
"We have a women's track team that historically has done a great job academically," head coach Don Yentes said. "They've always been a serious group of students, and when you have more than a 3.0, that shows."
Wyoming sprinter Afiya Walker also was honored for her academic achievements. She was among 57 athletes named to the individual Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.
A native of St. Augustine, Trinidad, Walker finished 18th in the 400-meter dash at the West Region NCAA Preliminary Meet in May in Austin, Texas. She currently holds the second-fastest time in Wyoming history in the event, a mark of 52.93 seconds. She won the MWC title in the event during the 2010 indoor season and placed second in the event during the outdoor season. She also finished fourth in the NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Under 23 Championships in July in Miramar, Fla.
"Afiya's just as good of an athlete as she is a student," Yentes added. "You talk about someone I never worry about. She's getting it done on both ends."