July 30, 2010
• USTFCCCA All-Academic - Division I Men
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men’s track and field team has placed five student-athletes on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team, the organization announced Thursday.
Led by three-time All-Academic selections Jack Bolas and Jake Fritz, the Badgers’ selections also include junior Luke Rucks, redshirt freshman Elliot Krause and freshman Drew Shields.
All five competed in NCAA competition during the 2010 outdoor track and field season.
Bolas, who also was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team, earned a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic squad for the third-consecutive year. A six-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar during his time as a cross country and track athlete at UW, Bolas graduated in May with a degree in zoology.
The recipient of the 2010 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Bolas wrapped up his collegiate career on the track by winning the Big Ten Conference title in the 1,500 meters and then earning All-America honors in the event with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Bolas, a four-time All-American for the Badgers, went on to finish seventh at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and has since embarked on a professional career with New Balance.
Fritz, who also earned All-Academic honors for the third straight year, was a 2010 NCAA Preliminary Round qualifier in the shot put. An electrical engineering major, Fritz also is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar laurels in 2009.
Rucks broke out in a big way on the track in 2010, scoring a Big Ten title in the indoor distance medley relay before qualifying for the NCAA outdoor championships with his ninth-place performance in the 800 meters at the NCAA Preliminary Round.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, Rucks is a mechanical engineering major.
In his first season of competition after redshirting in 2009, Krause scored a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and went on to finish 13th at the NCAA Preliminary Round.
A mathematics major, Krause also picked up his first Academic All-Big Ten honors in both track and cross country and earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award at the conference cross country championships.
In his first season with the Badgers, Shields qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher and met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event.
The Big Ten boasts a total of 37 honorees on the All-Academic team, second only to the Pac-10’s total of 45 selections.
2010 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Jack Bolas, Sr., Zoology***
Jake Fritz, Jr., Electrical engineering***
Elliot Krause, R-Fr., Mathematics*
Luke Rucks, Jr., Mechanical engineering*
Drew Shields, Fr., Marketing*
* Indicates number of career All-Academic selections