July 24, 2013
• USTFCCCA Release
MADISON, Wis. -- For the second-straight year, a total of six student-athletes from the University of Wisconsin women’s track and field program have earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The program also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic team accolades for the seventh-consecutive season.
Senior Caitlin Comfort earned her fourth All-Academic track honor of her career, while fellow senior Ashley Beutler was named to the team for the third-straight year. Juniors Deanna Latham and Abby Lueck along earned their second career All-Academic laurels, while redshirt freshmen Gabrielle Anzalone and Brianna Bower make their first appearance on the team.
"The fact that we have six individuals who are not only successful on the track and field, but that are All-Academic selections speak to how hard these girls work," UW head coach Jim Stintzi said.
All six of the Badgers’ honorees earned spots on the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2013, while Beutler and Lueck were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for 2012-13. Additionally, Beutler and Anzalone were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team for cross country in 2012.
Comfort claimed a pair of Big Ten titles this season, as she won her first conference crown indoors in the 5000 meters clocking in at 16 minutes, 11.84 seconds. She built a 75-meter lead that proved to be insurmountable for the opposition. At the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Comfort won the 10,000 meters in a Jesse Owens Stadium-record time of 33:30.16 and had a 44-second cushion over the second-place finisher. Comfort claimed second-team All-America honors for the second-consecutive season as she finished 12th in the 10,000 meters in her final race as a Badger.
Beutler earned second-team All-America honors this year with a ninth-place showing in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor championships. The lone woman in Wisconsin history to break 10:05 in the steeplechase, Beutler accomplished the feat in each of her final three races for the Badgers – including her school-record run of 10:03.68 in the NCAA semifinal. She also finished fifth at the Big Ten outdoor championships in the steeplechase.
Latham claimed second-team All-America accolades in the pentathlon and heptathlon this year. At the NCAA outdoor meet, she tallied a score of 5,574 in the heptathlon to finish 12th, while her pentathlon score of 4,066 was not only a personal best, but earned her an 11th-place showing at the national indoor meet. She was runner-up in the 100 hurdles at the Big Ten outdoor championships, and took fourth in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet 6 3/4 inches. Latham also broke the school record in the 100 hurdles three times this year, including in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 13.27.
Lueck makes her second appearance on the All-America squad. She placed third in the hammer throw at the Wisconsin Open with a season-best throw of 188-5. Lueck also earned a fifth-place showing at the Badger Track Classic in the indoor shot put with a season-best mark of 48-5 1/4.
Anzalone was fourth in the 10,000 meters at the Big Ten outdoor championships with a personal-best time of 34:52.91. She also placed 20th in the 5000 meters at the Big Ten outdoor meet clocking in 16:45.30, a personal-best time.
Bower placed sixth in the javelin at the Big Ten outdoor championships with a personal-best throw of 143-8 and advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary. She won javelin titles at the Yellow Jacket Invitational and the Wisconsin Open.
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 710 student-athletes were named All-Academic, with the Big Ten’s 76 selections the most of any conference.
2013 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Gabrielle Anzalone, RS Fr., Education*
Ashley Beutler, Sr., Human development and family studies ***
Brianna Bower, RS Fr., Nursing*
Caitlin Comfort, Sr., Communication arts****
Deanna Latham, Jr., Elementary education**
Abby Lueck, Jr., Nursing**