FRISCO - The Sam Houston State men’s and women’s track and field teams had seven student-athletes named to the Southland Conference All-Academic teams, league officials announced Wednesday.
Graduate student Michael Nichols, seniors Tyler Adams, Joshua Hernandez and Aaron Akens and junior Clayton Fritsch made it on the men’s side and seniors Halie Daniel and Jamie Eckford were selected to the women’s team.
To qualify, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average.
Adams, who has twice been named the SLC Student-Athlete of the Year, has a 3.48 GPA in engineering technology. He placed first in the high jump at the SLC outdoor championships and was a first-team all-conference selection and NCAA West Region Preliminary qualifier. He placed fifth in the long jump at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station.
Nichols has a 3.50 in sports management. He placed second in the shot put at the SLC championships. He was named to the All-SLC second-team and was a NCAA West Region qualifier. Nichols placed second in the shot put and fourth in the discus at the Houston Alumni Invitational and placed third in the shot at the Victor Lopez Invitational in Houston. He also finished third in the shot put at the Wes Kittley Invitational in Abilene.
Hernandez has a 3.40 GPA in kinesiology. The two-time SLC All-Academic won the hammer throw at the conference championships. He also earned first-team All-SLC honors and advanced to the NCAA West Region Preliminary.
Fritsch holds a 3.17 GPA in agriculture business. He earned first-team All-American honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after placing third in the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Fritsch recorded the fifth-highest jump in the history of the NCAA outdoor championships when he topped 18 feet, 10 ¼ inches which was good enough to move him into seventh place in the world ranking. He also had a first-place finish at the Victor Lopez Classic, the ACU Last Chance meet and the NCAA West Region Preliminary. He placed second at the SLC outdoor championships, third at the Beach Invitational and fourth at the Bryan Clay Invitational.
Akens has a 3.10 GPA as a double major in engineering technology and physics. The SLC Men’s Outstanding Field Events Performer, Akens collected 22 points for the Bearkats at the conference outdoor championships with a first-place finish in the discus and a second-place showing in the hammer throw.
The first- and second-team All-SLC selection was a NCAA West Region Preliminary qualifier in the hammer throw and discus. He placed first in the hammer throw at the Abilene Christian Last Chance Meet, third in the hammer throw at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco and won the hammer throw at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station.
Akens also won the discus and placed third in the hammer at the Houston Alumni Invitational, placed second in the discus at the Texas Relays in Austin, won the hammer throw at the Victor Lopez Invitational and placed second in the hammer throw at the Wes Kittley Invitational.
Daniel has a 3.97 GPA in criminal justice. She placed fourth in the shot put at the SLC championships and was a NCAA West Region Preliminary qualifier. She also placed second in the shot put at the Texas A&M Invitational and at the Houston Alumni Invitational and finished first at the Wes Kittley Invitational.
Eckford has a 3.33 GPA in health sciences. She placed third in the 800 meters at the SLC championships and was a third-team all-conference selection.