Four 'Jacks Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

Daven Murphree

July 23, 2014

USTFCCCA All-Academic Team: Men | Women

It was another successful year for Stephen F. Austin track and field in competition and in the classroom. Four members of the track and field team have been recognized for their hard work in both areas as members of the 2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

Josh Taylor and Daven Murphree for the men and Brarysheyia Simpson and Shambrail Woods on the women’s side all made the team.

Josh Taylor was named to the men’s team with his 3.32 GPA in finance and by earning USTFCCCA All-America honors as the seventh-place finisher at the NCAA Championship in the 400 meter hurdles. Taylor also ran one of the fastest times in the nation this season at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds where he broke the school record with a time of 50.17 seconds.

Murphree made the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team with a perfect 4.0 GPA in his first year as a Lumberjack. He ranked among the top 48 pole vaulters in the West region and qualified for the NCA West Preliminary Rounds. He had a top mark of 5.21 meters (17-1.00) at the Texas Invitational. Murphree was one of 17 male student-athletes on the team with a 4.00 GPA.

For the Ladyjacks, Simpson earned her spot on the team with a 3.36 GPA in psychology. She qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds as a member of the Ladyjacks 4x400 meter relay team.

Shambrail Woods was the best combined events student-athlete in the Southland Conference this year. She won the conference title indoors and out for the women’s combined events. Her victory in the pentathlon at the Southland Conference Championship indoors with 3,698 points ranked 74th in the nation to make the team along with her 3.49 GPA in kinesiology.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled GAP of 3.25 or higher and have either ranked in the top 96 in the nation in an individual event or top 48 in a relay during indoor season, or qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds for their respective region in any event


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