UW Track and Field Ranks Among the Best Nationally in Academics

Aug. 16, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Women's Track and Field has been named to the National Collegiate Division I Track Coaches Association 2004 All-Academic Team. In addition, four individual members of UW's Track and Field squads were selected to the 2004 All-Academic Team.

To be eligible for such accolades, a team must average a 3.0 GPA or better. The Cowgirls averaged a 3.263 GPA and ranked fifteenth in the nation during the 2004 season. Not only were they acknowledge as a team, but Cowgirls Shauna Smith, Amanda Hopper, Andrea Batt, and Cowboy Matt Hudson were all selected to the 2004 All- Academic Team as well. To be selected as an individual, the student-athlete must comprise a 3.2 GPA or above and have had competed in indoor track nationals or outdoor regionals.

All-American Shauna Smith not only leads UW on the track, but in the classroom as well. Majoring in nursing, this Sheridan, Wyoming native posted an team-high 3.649 GPA among eligible athletes.Freshman sprinter Amanda Hopper was selected to the team by earning a3.571 GPA in elementary education. Senior Andrea Batt finished her career at Wyoming with a 3.291 GPA in elementary education.The lone Cowboy to be honored to the team was distance runner Matt Hudson. This Tennessee native was selected to the team by posting a3.489 GPA in kinesiology.

"It's exciting to know that our athletes not only work hard in practice and competition, but in the classroom as well," said UW Head Track and Field Coach Don Yentes. "Our athletes know that there is not a lot of money in the sport and need their education in the future."