NEW ORLEANS, La.—Nine Northern Michigan University Track & Field student-athletes received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association it was announced Thursday morning.
Four Wildcats received the academic award for both the indoor and outdoor season led by five-time All-American Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan). Graduating with a degree in Nursing, Burmeister finished earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.70.
Another pair of seniors in Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) and Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) also earned the distinction. Becker recorded a 3.90 GPA with a communications major, while Mylle owned a 3.76 GPA in Sports Science. Junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) was the final NMU recipient of the honor for both season with a 3.91 in Sports Science.
For the indoor campaign, four more Wildcats were honored for their successes in the classroom. Juniors Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan) and Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan) earned GPA's of 3.63 and 3.87, respectively. Collins is a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major, while Dutcher studies Finance and Risk Management.
Fellow junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) also received academic accolades for the indoor season, earning a 3.79 GPA in Sports Science. Sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) was the youngest Wildcat to earn the USTFCCCA honor with a 3.85 GPA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
Vivan Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) was the lone Wildcat honored for just the outdoor campaign after breaking the school record in the steeplechase. Hett recorded a 3.96 GPA in Sports Science during her only season on the track & field team.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.