Nine Wolverines Garner USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

July 25, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Nine members of the University of Michigan women's track and field team received All-Academic honors for the 2013 season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday (July 25).

Senior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven), senior Charlotte Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington), fifth-year senior Amanda Eccleston (Adrian, Mich./Tecumseh), sophomore Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), senior/junior Sara Nitz (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East), freshman Danielle Pfeifer (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley), junior/sophomore Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich), senior/junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and senior/junior Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) were each honored by the USTFCCCA.

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 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; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Addison, Eccleston and Smith were each members of the distance medley relay team that won the programs fourth national title at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Eccleston also captured the Big Ten indoor mile and outdoor 1,500-meter crowns and took fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-America first team honors in her first year in Maize and Blue. During the outdoor season, Addison won the NCAA East Region 1,500-meter title and advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she earned All-America honorable mention recognition. Following the season, Addison was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team, while Smith landed a spot on the Academic All-America second team.

Throughout the season, Cahill anchored the Wolverines' 4x100-meter relay that placed third at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.

Nitz finished 10th in the high jump at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and followed that up with a second-place performance at the outdoor conference meet to secure All-Big Ten second team accolades.

Handler finished fourth in the mile run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships as part of a U-M contingent that went 1-4-5-6 to contribute 22 points toward the Wolverines' third-place finish. During the outdoor season, placed ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Big Ten Championships and competed in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA East Preliminaries.

As the only U-M freshman to earn the academic honor, Pfeifer took seventh in the 800-meter run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and 21st in the 800 at the outdoor conference meet.

After redshirting the indoor season, Pogue returned to place sixth in the 10,000-meter run at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminaries, where she took 28th in the 10K.

Tobel, who was one of Michigan's tri-captains along with Addison, earned All-Big Ten second team honors during the indoor and outdoor seasons. She was one of four Wolverines to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she finished 10th to garner All-America second team honors. Following the season, she was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District V second team for the second consecutive year.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423