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Four Named To 2009 USTFCCCA Division III Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team

Four Named To 2009 USTFCCCA Division III Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team New Orleans, La. - July 9, 2009 - The Springfield College women's track and field team had four members recently honored for their academic success as they were named to the 2009 USTFCCCA Division III Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team.

Kelsey Bishop, Amanda DiPaolo, Nikki Hay, and Fatima Rose were the four recipients from the Pride.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met the NCAA Division III Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.

Hay had a tremendous junior season as she placed fourth in the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Women's Track & Field Championships after previously finishing fifth in the triple jump at the Indoor nationals this past March. This spring, Hay was selected as the USTFCCCA New England Women's Field Athlete of the Year for the third time in her career.

In her senior season, Bishop returned to the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw and finished 18th (of 19) with her best toss of 153-2 (or 46.68m).

Bursting onto the track and field scene, Rose had a standout freshman year for Springfield as she went to the NCAA Division III Indoor Women's Track & Field Championships. Rose qualified for the national event with a toss of 16.58 meters, or 54-4 3/4.

DiPaolo, who was also chosen as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District I Honoree, currently owns a 3.97 grade point average in history. An All-NEWMAC honoree in the 5,000 meters in the outdoor track season, DiPaolo won the 10,000 meters and finished second in the 5,000 meter in a 24-hour span at the ECAC Division III Championships.

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