RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Track and Field team completed the 2017 spring semester with excellent performances on the track and in the classroom. This spring marked one of the best academic semesters for VCU Track and Field while under the guidance of head coach Jon Riley.
Both teams amassed numerous Athletic Director's Honor Roll honors as 32 women and 18 men earned a 3.0 GPA or better this semester. Of those selected to the AD Honor Roll, 15 women and eight men earned a 3.5 GPA or higher and were named to the Dean's List. Nine women and three men achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.
"We are very pleased with all of our athletes' hard work in the classroom, on the track and in the field this year," said Coach Riley. "We continuously rise to new heights in all arenas and will continue to strive to do so moving forward. The accomplishments our athletes had this semester academically speaks volumes to the type of culture we have on our team and the effort the athletes, our coaches and our support system give every day."
Taylor McCormick, a criminal justice major, earned a 4.0 GPA and took first place in the triple jump at the both the indoor and outdoor Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championships. She also broke the school record in the triple jump at the A-10 Indoor Track and Field Championships with a leap of 12.31 meters. McCormick was named to the A-10 All-Academic Team this outdoor season.
Nichelle Scott, a chemical engineering major, also earned a 4.0 GPA while breaking the school record in the 800-meter run in both the indoor and outdoor season. Scott posted her top indoor time at the ECAC/IC4A Championships where she clocked a 2:08.41. The Chester, Virginia native broke the outdoor record at the A-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 2:07.78. Scott earned A-10 All-Academic honors for her work during the indoor season.
Erika Coleman, Grace Giampietro, Ann Sheehy, Kayla Smith, Ashley Brown, Lindsay Seeley, and Judith White were among the other women to achieve a 4.0 GPA this semester.
Bryce Catlett, Austin Conway, and Michael Villagomez each earned 4.0 GPAs on the men's side. Catlett had a strong rookie season, placing 13th in the 5,000-meter run at the A-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships and 14th in the 5,000-meter run at the A-10 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
"Athletes like Taylor, Nichelle and Bryce, who lead the way in the classroom and in the competitive arena, are true examples for everyone to follow whether they are student-athletes or not," said Riley. "The ability they have to balance the many requirements that are placed upon them and be elite in all areas is truly remarkable. They have my deepest respect and the respect of all of their peers."
Spring 2017 Academic Honors
Jenna Anderson AD Honor Roll
Taunysha Bailey AD Honor Roll
Khoi Banks AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Chloe Bavin AD Honor Roll
LeClare Beres AD Honor Roll
Ashley Brown AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Amiaya Carey AD Honor Roll
Erika Coleman AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Emily Dyke AD Honor Roll
Grace Giampietro AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Dajae Goulet AD Honor Roll
Ashley Greenlee AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Courtney Holleran AD Honor Roll
Sakia Konin AD Honor Roll
Jasmine Lackey AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Iman Lee AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Taylor McCormick AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Makayla McGowan AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Caitlin McNicholl AD Honor Roll
Marian Osafo AD Honor Roll
Daijona Revell AD Honor Roll
Delaney Savedge AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Nichelle Scott AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Lindsay Seeley AD Honor Roll, Dean's Lis
Ann Sheehy AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Kayla Smith AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Christina Solomon AD Honor Roll
Alliyah Stevens AD Honor Roll
Judith White AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Latasha Williams AD Honor Roll
Alexis Willis AD Honor Roll
Samantha Yankson AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Zayd Abdul-Ali AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Chukwuezugo Aguolo AD Honor Roll
Jamik Alexander AD Honor Roll
Devin Bethea AD Honor Roll
Nicholas Buckingham AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Bryce Catlett AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Austin Conway AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Racheed Davis AD Honor Roll
Victory Harrison AD Honor Roll
Bashir Idris AD Honor Roll
Andrae McGowan AD Honor Roll
Benjamin Melton AD Honor Roll
Kareem Payne AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Shawn Scornienchi AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Kahlil Shepard AD Honor Roll
Lucas Sidle AD Honor Roll
Michael Villagomez AD Honor Roll, Dean's List
Calvin Wood AD Honor Roll