NEW ORLEANS – The Salisbury University women's track & field team was honored as a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Division III All-Academic team for the 2015 season, while sophomore Meghan McGowan, senior Thomas Burke, and freshman Zach Schmelz were named All-Academic individuals, the organization announced on Friday.
The Sea Gull women's team finished the year with a cumulative 3.20 grade-point average, after a successful 2015 athletic season that saw the team finish second at the Capital Athletic Conference championships for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
To be honored as an All-Academic team, teams must finish the year with a GPA of 3.10 or higher, with a total of 170 women's teams earning the distinction.
McGowan was the women's team's representative at the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division III national championship meets, earning All-American status in the high jump during the indoor season with a 5' 5" leap for fifth. She tied for seventh in the country with a 5' 6.5" jump heading into the indoor championships, before besting that with a 5' 8" leap in the outdoor season to tie for fourth in the country heading into the outdoor championships. She holds the school record in the event for both seasons.
In order to qualify as an All-Academic individual, student-athletes must hold a GPA of 3.30 or higher, while competing in an indoor or outdoor NCAA championship or ranking in the top 35 in the country during the regular season of an individual event or the top 25 of a relay event. McGowan was one-of-420 women to earn the award.
For the Salisbury men, Burke finished the year tied for 27th in the country in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.18.
Schmelz was a part of two relay teams that competed at the outdoor national championships for the Salisbury men, earning All-American status in both races. During the regular season, Schmelz competed with the SU 4x100-meter relay team that ranked 11th in the country with a 41.24-second time. He also ran a leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that held 13th in the nation in 3:14.03.
The men were in a group of 297 total athletes to earn the honor.
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