News Release from Missouri Southern State University:
Pittsburg State University placed four student-athletes on the Capital One Academic All-America selection for NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track & Field today (June 26).
John Talbert earned the prestigious honors for the Pitt State men, while the women were represented by Emily Ballock, Larissa Richards and Monica Wuertz. Ballock and Talbert garnered first-team honors on the respective squads, while Wuertz was selected to the second team and Richards received third-team accolades.
Ballock, a senior from Eudora, Kan., finished her collegiate career capturing All-America honors by placing sixth at the 2013 NCAA II Women's Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles and breaking the school record. She is a recreation major with a 3.94 G.P.A. and during the indoor season was a national qualifier in the 800 meters and was the MIAA runner-up in the 600 yards. She also was a member of the Pitt State 4x100m relay team that earned All-MIAA honors by placing third at the conference championships.
Talbert, a senior from Newton, Kan., wrapped up his highly decorated throwing career by capturing first place in the discus at the 2013 NCAA II Men's Outdoor Championships. He broke his own school record en route to capturing the national championship with a throw of 196 feet, 7 inches. The two-time All-American also claimed three MIAA titles in his career. Talbert has a 3.36 GPA as a manufacturing engineering technology major.
Wuertz, a senior from Richmond, Kan., has a perfect 4.00 GPA as a construction engineering technology major. She was a two-time national qualifier in the javelin for the Gorillas and earned All-America honors in the discipline as a sophomore in 2010.
Richards, a senior from Great Bend, Kan., holds a 3.35 GPA as a health, human performance and recreation major. During her career at Pitt State she was a six-time All-America in the throwing disciplines. At the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships Richards finished as the runner-up in the discus and placed fourth in the shot put. She holds the school record in both events.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot team, Capital One Academic All Program, and supports all 89 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.
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