Saturday, May 05, 2012
MACON, Ga. (May 5, 2012) – The Atlantic Sun Conference announced the members of its first-ever men’s and women’s outdoor track and field Academic All-Conference Teams on Friday, with former Science Hill standouts Jasmine Foster (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) being voted to the women’s team, and throwers Justin Burton (Bastian, Va.) and Cornell Sneed (Miami, Fla.) landing on the men’s team.
The A-Sun’s Academic All-Conference Teams are comprised of student-athletes who embody the conference’s mission of Building Winners for Life. Each member of the team carries a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 and has competed in at least half of its team’s contests.
ETSU’s Academic All-Conference selections are the second of the year for each individual, as all four were also named to the A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Conference Teams which were chosen at the beginning of March.
Foster carries a 3.598 GPA in physical education, and competed through all five weekends of ETSU meets. Of her 16 events competed in those meets, Foster managed three top five and 11 top 10 finishes. The former Science Hill track and field star also set personal bests in the shot put (13.48m) and javelin throw (20.04m) along the way, with her javelin record beings set during the A-Sun Outdoor Championships. Foster’s shot put ranks second in the conference, while her hammer throw ranks ninth and her discus ranks 10th.
Burley’s selection branches from her combination of jumping success and 3.883 GPA in exercise science. The sophomore competed through each of ETSU’s meet weekends, earning four top five and eight top 10 finishes in a total of nine events competed. Her best performance came at the A-Sun Outdoors, taking the gold in the triple jump by setting a new personal record and elevating her already conference-best mark to 12.31m. During the season, Burley also earned two second-place finishes in the triple jump, and was named A-Sun Field Athlete of the Week on April 11.
Burton boasts a 3.302 GPA in the sport and leisure management program, and had a stellar senior season to help the ETSU men’s team to its third A-Sun Outdoor Championship. The Bastian, Va. native didn’t miss a single meet weekend, earning a top 10 in 13 of his 16 events competed while taking five top five’s in the process. His best finish of the season came during the A-Sun Outdoors, earning the silver in the hammer throw with a season-best mark of 46.02m. Burton also set personal record in the discus (41.80m) during the championships, and ranks among the A-Sun’s top 10 in all four throws.
Sneed lugs a 3.752 GPA in criminal justice, and was a unanimous selection to the Academic All-Conference Team. An integral part of ETSU’s A-Sun Outdoor title, the senior thrower competed through every weekend, earning eight top five’s and 10 top 10’s among 13 events. At the A-Sun meet, Sneed medaled in all three of his throws with a bronze in the hammer, a bronze in the discus and a silver in the shot put. He also won the shot put at the Yellow Jacket Invitational with a personal record toss of 16.15m. Among the conference leaders, the Miami native ranks second in the shot put, third in the discus and fourth in the hammer. His hammer (45.10m) and discus (49.37m) throws are each personal bests.
Among the superlatives, Kennesaw State's Christine Leverette and USC Upstate's Gilbert Kemboi were named A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field team finishes up the Bob Pollock Invitational in Clemson, S.C. today, before heading to the Georgia Tech Invitational next Friday and Saturday.
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--Complete Men's and Women's A-Sun Academic All-Conference Teams Women's Team@*Christine Leverette, Kennesaw State (Senior, Combined, GPA: 4.00, Integrative Studies) *Charlene Charles, Jacksonville (Junior, Combined, GPA: 3.83, Communications)
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