July 25, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - Three student-athletes from the University of Wisconsin men's track and field program have earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the group announced on Tuesday.
Senior Reed Connor earned his fourth USTFCCCA All-Academic honor, while junior Michael Van Voorhis and redshirt freshman Malachy Schrobilgen each picked up their first career honors.
The trio earned spots on the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2014, while Connor was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team last month and was a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor.
Connor was named the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year this season after running the nation's fastest time in the 5000 meters of 13 minutes, 37.32 seconds and winning the 3000 meters at the Big Ten indoor championships. The Houston native earned first-team All-America accolades in the 3000 meters at the NCAA indoor championships, and won the 10,000 meters at the Big Ten outdoor championships. Connor helped the Badgers this year sweep the Big Ten indoor and outdoor track titles for the first time since 2007.
Schrobilgen, the 2013 Big Ten Cross Country Champion, finished third in the 5000 meters at both the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships, helping the Badgers to a podium sweep of both events. The Oak Park, Illinois, native had a personal best time of 14:10.50 in the 5000 meters.
Van Voorhis played an instrumental role in the Badgers' Big Ten outdoor championship victory, finishing third in his first-ever 10,000 meters to help UW finish 1-2-3 in the event. In the 5000 meters, Van Voorhis was eighth as Wisconsin scored 25 points in the event to win its second outdoor title in the past three seasons. Van Voorhis also competed in the 10,000 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, where he finished 17th.
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 performance 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).
A total of 496 athletes were named to the All-Academic squad and the Big Ten saw 88 athletes honored, the most of any conference.
2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Reed Connor, Sr., Marketing and Real estate and urban land economics****
Malachy Schrobilgen, RS Fr., Political Science and History *
Michael Van Voorhis, Jr., Chemical Engineering *