July 25, 2012
NEW ORLEANS – Four members of the TCU women’s track and field squad were named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team Wednesday. The Horned Frogs honorees were Samantha Collins, Kelly Dawson, Kelsey Samuels and Megan Smith.
Collins, a sophomore from Mesa, Ariz., earned All-Mountain West Conference honors in the long jump during the outdoor season. She also qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries.
Dawson, a Keller, Texas native, wrapped up her TCU career with contributions during both the indoor and outdoor track seasons as well as the cross country campaign. Dawson earned All-Mountain West honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the outdoor season and the mile during the indoor season. She also finished 19th at the MWC Cross Country Championships.
Samuels, from Mesquite, Texas, was one of the Horned Frogs’ top competitors in the shot put. Samuels qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries during the outdoor season and earned All-Mountain West honors in the shot put during the indoor campaign.
Smith, a freshman from Olathe, Kan., made an immediate impact in her debut season as she took down the school records in the discus and hammer throw during the outdoor season. Smith qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries in the shot put during the outdoor campaign and earned All-Mountain West honors in the shot put during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
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 POP 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).