For the 10th straight season, the Wayne State College men's track and field team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Wildcats tied for 16thin NCAA Division II with a cumulative grade point average of 3.214. Four individuals – senior Robert Sullivan, juniors Jayle Hinkle and Dylan Kaup and sophomore Cade Kalkowski – were awarded USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic Awards.
To qualify for the team academic award, an institution must record a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher and individuals must maintain a 3.25 grade point average and have achieved a provisional or automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor season.
Robert Sullivan, a senior from Bennington, recorded a 3.333 GPA in exercise science for his second USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. This season Sullivan was the NSIC Champion and a national qualifier during the outdoor season in the decathlon and was a national qualifier during the indoor season in the heptathlon.
Jayle Hinkle, a junior from Ericson, recorded a 3.335 GPA in exercise science for his first USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. The thrower placed sixth in the shot put at both NSIC Championships this season.
Dylan Kaup, a junior from Neligh, maintained a 3.766 GPA majoring in Spanish/ Physical Education and is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. He was an All-NSIC selection and NCAA National Qualifier in two events, placing second in the NSIC Indoor weight throw and third in the NSIC Outdoor hammer throw.
Cade Kalkowski, a sophomore from Niobrara, maintained a 3.338 GPA majoring in business administration and agri-business. During the indoor season was NSIC Champion in the weight throw and earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish. He was a repeat NSIC Champion in the hammer throw and NCAA National Qualifier in the event for a second straight season.