NEW ORLEANS, La. – In a day and age that is fanatical about college athletics, the true definition of the student-athlete can get lost. To be able to succeed in both the classroom and on the playing field, it takes a lot of time, determination and hard work.

Well that's exactly what three members of the VCU women's track & field program put on display on a daily basis as Alexis Stroman, Jazlynn Finney and Kiara Porter all were honored by the USTFCCCA as Academic All-Americans.

"We accomplished some major milestones in my four years as head coach, but achieving academic success at the upper echelon of our sport is a dream come true," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "I'm so proud of these young ladies, they are true examples of being a student-athlete."

In order to achieve Academic All-American status, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher and finished in the top 48 nationally in an event. Stroman, Finney and Porter were all members of the 4x100 meter relay that finished 15th in the East Region with a time of 45.26.

Academically, Finney graduated magna cum laude with a degree in psychology in May. She finished her four years at VCU with a 3.89 cumulative GPA. In their first full years at VCU, Porter finished with a 3.61 GPA in business, while Stroman held a 3.4 GPA in pre-nursing.

Athletically, the trio was on the 4x100 meter relay that became the first relay team in VCU women's track & field history to qualify for the NCAA postseason event. The relay squad clocked in at 45.26 in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, just two-tenths of a second off a spot at the NCAA Championships.