Quiett and Millar selected to NCAA Div. I All-Academic Team
NEW ORLEANS The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 2008 Division I All-Academic Track and Field team today. A record total of 468 student-athletes representing 140 Division I institutions composed the women's team, while a record total of 266 student-athletes representing 111 Division I institutions made up the men's team. Thirty-two individuals were selected from the BIG EAST, including DePaul’s Mary Cate Quiett and Brad Millar.
Quiett, a Biology major, and Millar, studying Physical Education, were chosen based on their tremendous achievements during the 2008 outdoor season. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.
Quiett, a Mishawaka, Ind. native, satisfied the NCAA Regional standard of 2:09.80 in the 800m run twice during the BIG EAST Championships. Her final run of 2:08.43 earned her a third place medal. In addition, her preliminary mark of 2:08.35 stands as a school record in the event.
During the 800m run at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships Quiett clocked 2:09.33 for a 13th place finish.
Quiett’s freshman season resume includes additional Blue Demon records in the indoor 600m run, 800m run, 1,000m run, 4x800m relay, distance medley relay, and outdoor 4x800m relay races. She has 10 first place finishes in eight separate events, and surpassed BIG EAST qualifying marks on twelve occasions in four events.
Millar, a native of Port Elgin, Ontario, exceeded the NCAA Regional standard of 55.60m in the hammer throw in every outing of the 2008 outdoor season. For the second consecutive year he won the BIG EAST Championships in the event, with a throw of 58.22m.
The sophomore also competed in the weight and javelin throws during the indoor and outdoor conference championships respectively. The 19.09m weight throw earned Millar a silver medal, while his 61.67m javelin throw was good enough for fourth place and a spot in the school record books.
The USTFCCCA bestowed Women’s Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year honors on Lisa Koll of Iowa State. Koll’s 2008 season in the 10,000m run included both an NCAA outdoor title and an American collegiate record in her specialty event. The biology major compiled a near-perfect 3.98 cumulative GPA, graduating in just three years.
Men’s Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year was awarded to Cory Martin of Auburn. Martin won both the shot put and the hammer throw at the NCAA Division I Championships, leading the Tigers to a tie for second place in the overall team standings. He is only the second athlete in NCAA Division I history to win the men’s shot put and the hammer throw at an outdoor championship. The senior education major has a 3.33 cumulative GPA.
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Quiett’s sophomore campaign kicks off on Aug. 29 at the DePaul Cross Country Opener in Chicago, Ill. Millar will begin his junior season in December.