July 23, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Eight members of the University of Michigan women's track and field team received All-Academic accolades for the 2014 season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday (July 23).
2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better and have met either 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 TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Handler and Tobel each earned the award for the third straight year, while Pfeifer reserved a spot on the list for the second consecutive year.
During her freshman campaign, freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) won Big Ten titles in the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter run, as well as the outdoor 10,000-meter run. She garnered All-America first team honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she finished sixth in the 10,000-meter run and second team recognition after taking 12th in the 5,000-meter run at the indoor national championships. Finn also became the first runner in Big Ten history to receive Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Athlete of the Championships in the same year.
Junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester)was a member of Michigan's 11th straight Big Ten champion distance medley relay and helped the relay finish fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. After earning All-America first team honors as part of the DMR, Handler also earned first team recognition with a sixth-place performance in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Sophomore Danielle Pfeifer (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) joined Handler on U-M's distance medley relay, where she earned All-Big Ten first team and All-America first team accolades. Outdoors, she finished fourth in the 800-meter run at the Big Ten Championships and also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.
Sophomore Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) doubled as the Big Ten champion in the indoor 60-meter hurdles and outdoor 100-meter hurdles. In addition to her indoor title, she also finished third in the conference in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash en route to being named Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. She advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where her fifth-place effort landed her on the All-America first team. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she received All-America second team honors with an 11th-place finish.
At the Big Ten level, fifth-year senior pole vaulter Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) placed third at the indoor championships and finished tied for fifth at the outdoor meet. The two-time team captain qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships for the second time in her career, where she took 15th to earn All-America second team honors. Tobel capped her final season in Maize and Blue by being named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team.
Senior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood)captured the Big Ten indoor long jump title, en route to earning All-Big Ten first team honors, and also placed third in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor conference meet. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, she finished seventh in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles. Busbee also advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the long jump and hurdles.
Junior/sophomore Devon Hoppe (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) placed sixth in the 800-meter run at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and also qualified to compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 800m.
Fifth-year senior Joanna Fleming (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven), who was named an All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year, placed 12th in the hammer throw at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and capped her career with her first appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.
Contact: Whitney Dixon