Montana State University

MSU women's track leads Big Sky Conference in All-Academic picks

July 2, 2007

A trio of MSU distance runners were among 24 athletes who earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages during the spring semester. Matt Adams, left, a sophomore from Lewistown, Nick Atwood, middle, a freshman from Otis Orchards, Wash., and Matt Beamer, right, a sophomore from Cheyenne, Wyo., were all perfect in the classroom during their spring season. Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics.   High-Res Available

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Montana State women's track and field posted 24 Big Sky All-Academic performances spring semester to lead all spring sport teams in Big Sky Conference All-Academic picks.

In total, 46 MSU athletes gained all-conference academic honors in men's and women's tennis, women's golf and men's and women's track and field, which was second in picks from one university. MSU was behind Eastern Washington (53) and ahead of University of Montana (38), which was third.

To be eligible for all-conference honors, a student-athlete must achieve a 3.2 grade point average, participate in half the team's competitions and have completed at least one academic term at the institution.

Bobcat athletes also received accolades for their spring semester grades, placing 24 student-athletes on the President's Honor Roll and 67 student-athletes on the Dean's Honor Roll. To be selected on the President's Honor Roll, students must earn a perfect 4.0 GPA while completing at least 12 hours and Dean's List honorees post a 3.50-3.99 GPA. Men's and women's track and field boasted five Presidential Honor Roll scholars each to lead the individual teams.

In addition, another 82 student-athletes earned a GPA of more than 3.0. This marks the twelfth consecutive semester that MSU teams combined to post a team GPA above 3.0.

"This is a great testament to the level of commitment our student-athletes have to their teams, to MSU, and to the community," said MSU athletic director Peter Fields. "I am honored to be associated with such a great group of young people. Their dedication to excellence is what MSU athletics is all about."

Montana State athletic teams carried an average team GPA of 3.21 spring semester and over 50 percent of the student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Bill Lamberty, (406) 994-5133,