Aug. 11, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Former University of Wyoming track and field standout, Kate Burton was recently named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Women's Track & Field Team.
Burton, the 2008 Mountain West Conference Champion in both the indoor weight and outdoor hammer throw, recently finished her career at UW at the NCAA Championships in the hammer. There she finished 10th, eight inches short of being named All-American. Kate also qualified to compete for a spot at this year's Olympic Trials where she placed 20th.
Kate is studying Mechanical Engineering and has carried a 3.35 grade point average thus far. She was selected to the All-MWC academic team in 2007 and 2008 as well as the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team this year.
Individually, 11 male and 23 female student-athletes competing for MWC member institutions were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams, respectively. A record total of 266 male student-athletes representing 111 Division I institutions and 468 female student-athletes representing 140 Division I institutions composed the All-Academic teams.
To qualify, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.