VCU TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES SHINE ACADEMICALLY DURING SPRING SEMESTER

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

Women

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

 

Men

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