Six Commodores earn USTFCCCA academic accolades

July 28, 2016

Six Vanderbilt women and the Commodores’ program have earned accolades from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association for their athletic and academic successes over the last academic year.

Junior Sarah Bell, senior Skyler Carpenter, junior Simone Charley, senior Sara Barron, junior Carmen Carlos and senior Vanessa Valentine all were recognized by the USTFCCCA for their efforts. Those six student-athletes led the way for the entire program to be recognized with a team award after posting a cumulative 3.35 GPA.

“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).

To see the full list of teams to earn honors, click here. For a full list of student-athletes to receive honors, click here.