14 Dec 2021 | 02:22 | Track and Field
TAMPA (July 23, 2021) – The University of South Florida track & field teams received multiple recognitions from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for academic excellence during the 2021 season, the organization announced on Thursday.
Both USF’s men’s and women’s programs were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, and 11 individual Bulls were honored as All-Academic Athletes.
The men’s team earned All-Academic standing with a cumulative 3.13 GPA while the women’s squad posted a 3.44 GPA.
Toluwani Adebakin (Business Administration), David Ajama (Information Science), Kobe Babin (Pre-Management) and Stone Baker (Communications) each represented the men’s team as individual All-Academic Athletes.
On the women’s side, Zahria Allers-Liburd (Biological Health Sciences), Shaniya Benjamin (Health Sciences), Arielle Boone (Healthcare Management), Shaneylix Davila (Health Sciences), Stephanie Lambeth (Biomedical Sciences), Kadesha Prescott (Psychology) and Patricija Roshofa (Integrated Public Relations and Advertising) were named All-Academic Athletes.
A minimum 3.25 GPA is required for consideration as an All-Academic Athlete. Additionally, athletes must have finished the season ranked in the top 96 in any championship individual event, or in the top 48 in any championship relay event, for the most recent indoor season, certifiable by their place on final season performance lists on TFRRS for Indoor Track and Field. For the outdoor season, athletes must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships (the Preliminary Championship Competition and/or the Final Championship Competition) or for the multi-events, must have finished the season ranked in the top 48 in the East or top 48 in the West for the most recent outdoor season, certifiable by their place on the NCAA Division I descending order lists on TFRRS for Outdoor Track and Field.
Allers-Liburd, Benjamin (x3), Prescott, Roshofa and Baker each earned USTFCCCA All-American honors in their respective events during the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
About USF Track and Field
The USF track and field team has earned 53 All-America selections and at least one All-American in 10 of the last 12 years, including a record eight athletes claiming 11 honors in 2021. Tampa native Shaniya Benjamin set a program record earning three All-American honors during the 2021 outdoor season, while triple jumper Matthew O’Neal, a 2016 graduate, became USF’s first six-time NCAA All-American. Bulls have posted two NCAA runner-up finishes since 2013 – O’Neal (triple jump, 2016) and Courtney Anderson (high jump, 2013). Head coach Erik Jenkins took over the program in 2020 and in the 2021 outdoor season the Bulls posted seven program records and 40 top 10 all-time program marks. USF hosted the 2018 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary and the 2021 AAC Outdoor Championship at the USF Track and Field Stadium located on the east end of campus.