July 23, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The USTFCCCA announced is academic awards late Tuesday night. Nine Boilermakers, including five men and four women, were among the 1,223 individual All-Academic winners.
To qualify for All-Academic status, an individual must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and have finished the indoor season ranked in the top 96 in an individual event, top 48 in a relay event, or have participated in the NCAA Preliminary Round during the outdoor season.
On the men’s side, the Big Ten led the way with 52 All-Academic individuals, well ahead of the SEC which had 39, the second most among conferences. On the women’s side, the Big Ten had 87 All-Academic student-athletes, just behind the SEC which led the way with 91.
Chris Arvia, Kevin Griffith, Caleb Reiff, Matthew McClintock and Kyle Campbell were All-Academic for the men. Arvia qualified with a 3.76 GPA in Actuarial Science. The rising-senior competed in the men’s 4x400m relay team at the NCAA East Preliminary round. Griffith qualified with times in the 800m for indoor and outdoor seasons. During the outdoor season, he just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships at the east prelims. Griffith, a senior, had a 3.73 in Industrial Engineering.
Reiff was a regional qualifier in the discus. The rising-junior had the third-best GPA of Purdue’s All-Academic winners with a 3.66 in Applied Exercise and Health (Sports Performance). McClintock, a cross country All-American, was a regional qualifier in the 10,000-meter run. The Athens, Maine, native has accumulated a 3.59 in Movement and Sport Science. Campbell qualified with a 3.54 GPA in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. The recent graduate was among the top 96 in the pole vault during the indoor season.
The Purdue men tied with the third-most individuals recognized from the Big Ten. Nebraska led the way with 16, while Penn State had seven. Purdue and Illinois each had five. Arvia, Purdue’s All-Academic individual with the highest GPA, had a better GPA than every individual from seven of the other Big Ten schools with honorees.
On the women’s side, Hope Schmelzle led the way with a 4.0 GPA in Nursing, one of 39 All-Academic women to have all As during her career. She is one of five Big Ten women honored with a 4.0 GPA. Schmelzle competed in the NCAA East Prelims in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The rising-sophomore is also currently competing for the U.S. Junior Team at the IAAF World Junior Championships in the same event.
Katie Hoevet had the second-best GPA of Purdue All-Academic winners. The rising-junior has a 3.79 in Mechanical Engineering. She qualified athletically during the indoor season. Kari Shoolbraid also majored in Mechanical Engineering, one of just 25 engineering majors to be honored on the women’s side. Shoolbraid graduated with a 3.56 GPA and was Honorable Mention after competing at the NCAA Championships in the 4x400m relay. Blair Doney was Purdue’s final All-Academic winner. The recent graduate finished with a 3.51 GPA and competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA East Prelims.
The USTFCCCA will announce All-Academic teams in the coming weeks.