July 28, 2010
• USTFCCCA All-Academic - Division I Women
MADISON, Wis. -- For the second-consecutive 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.
Senior Chavon Robinson and sophomore Egle Staisiunaite both earned All-Academic laurels for the third-consecutive year to lead the way for the Badgers’ honorees.
They are joined on the USTFCCCA All-Academic team by seniors Megan Seidl and Jenny Soceka, sophomore Jenna Severson and redshirt freshman Caitlin Comfort.
Comfort and Severson are first-time All-Academic selections, while Robinson, Seidl, Soceka and Staisiunaite each become three-time All-Academic honorees.
“It’s a great source of pride for our program to place six Badgers on the All-Academic team,” UW head coach Jim Stintzi said. “The University of Wisconsin offers an outstanding education, and here you have examples of student-athletes who have made the most of their opportunities on and off the track.”
All six of the Badgers’ honorees also earned Academic All-Big Ten awards in 2010. Additionally, Seidl was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and joined Robinson on the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District second team.
For her part, Robinson also was named a recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, earned UW Student-Athlete of the Year honors and is a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
An All-American and Big Ten Conference champion in the indoor triple jump this season, Robinson wrapped up her Badgers career as a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned a degree in human development and family studies.
Seidl, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, concluded her career as a collegiate athlete by setting a UW school record in the indoor high jump and qualifying for both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. She graduated in May with a degree in zoology.
Soceka claimed the Big Ten title in the outdoor pole vault this year before going on to earn All-America honors in the event at the NCAA outdoor championships. She followed that by setting a Big Ten record in the event at 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches and qualifying for the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Soceka graduated in May with a marketing degree.
Staisiunaite, a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic pick, also earned her second Academic All-Big Ten nod this season. On the track, she qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round after finishing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big Ten outdoor championships. The kinesiology major also was sixth in the 100 hurdles and seventh in the 4x100-meter relay at the Big Ten meet.
Severson qualified for NCAA competition for the first time this year, running the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Preliminary Round after finishing seventh in the event at the Big Ten outdoor championships. She also scored in the 600 meters indoors with an eighth-place finish.
Comfort scored a third-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the Big Ten outdoor championships and also scored for the Badgers indoors as part of the sixth-place distance medley relay team. A communication arts major, Comfort also became a first-time NCAA qualifier when she competed in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Preliminary Round.
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.
A total of 551 student-athletes were named All-Academic, with the Big Ten’s 65 selections the most of any conference.
2010 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Caitlin Comfort, R-Fr., Communication arts*
Chavon Robinson, Sr., Human development and family studies***
Megan Seidl, Sr., Zoology***
Jenna Severson, So., Undeclared*
Jenny Soceka, Sr., Marketing***
Egle Staisiunaite, Jr., Kinesiology***
* Indicates number of career All-Academic selections