Commodores collect USTFCCCA academic honors

July 18, 2015

The members of the Vanderbilt track team continue to prove that they approach their assignments in the classroom with the same relentless dedication that they show on the track.

The Commodores were honored by the USTFCCCA for their scholastic success on Friday, when the Vanderbilt team, collectively, was recognized as an All-Academic Team and six Vanderbilt standouts — Sara Barron, Sarah Bell, Skyler Carpenter, Rebecca Chandler, Simone Charley and Ellie Tidman — gathered All-Academic individual honors.

The Commodores had a team GPA of 3.27 while earning All-Academic honors for the fourth consecutive year.

“These honors really speak to the dedication and determination of our student-athletes,” said Vanderbilt head coach Steve Keith. “Handling the demands of both the academic and athletic workloads is certainly a big challenge — but our student-athletes thrive on those challenges.”

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards: For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

l For the full release from the USTFCCA, including a complete list of All-Academic individual honorees, click HERE.
l For complete list of All-Academic teams, click HERE.

On the track, the Commodores recently completed one of the most successful seasons in team history. They capped the year by sending nine representatives to the NCAA Outdoor East Regionals, and competed in a school-record eight events.

“We are very proud of our team for the hard work they put in this season, both on the track and in the classroom,” said Keith. “They continue to make an impact in both areas — and that’s exactly what we aspire to do.”