Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
TACOMA, Wash. - Pacific Lutheran University was honored for its commitment to academic excellence this week with both the men's and women's track & field teams earning the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team Award while Lucas Hatton and Vakeaemanu Hunkin secured the individual All-Academic honor.
The PLU men's team secures the All-Academic Team honor after boasting a 3.11 cumulative grade point average while the women make the cut with a 3.46 cumulative GPA. To be eligible for the award, teams must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and be a member in good standing with the USTFCCCA.
Hatton secures All-Academic status after winning Northwest Conference titles in both the shot put and hammer throw and earning USTFCCCA All-West Region honors in the shot put during the indoor season and in the shot put and hammer during the outdoor season.
Hunkin lands the All-Academic award after having a breakout debut season for the Lutes. The thrower won the NWC title in the shot put and finished second in the hammer throw to while also securing NWC Freshman of the Year and USTFCCCA All-West Region accolades.
To earn All-Academic honors as an individual student-athletes had to maintain a 3.25 GPA while either competing at the NCAA Division III Championships or finishing the regular season ranked in the top 35 nationally in an individual event or in the top 25 as part of a relay.