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Southern Miss Places Four on the Track & Field All-Academic Team

Robert Collingwood

Robert Collingwood

June 7, 2012

Richard Collingwood


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Twenty-four student-athletes have been named to the 2011-12 Conference USA Track and Field All-Academic Teams. Due to ties, there were 12 men and 12 women, instead of 11, voted onto the teams by the league's sports information directors for the sport. Honorees must hold a minimum 3.2 grade point average and have used a year of eligibility. All 24 honorees boast academic marks better than 3.40 and all 12 women sport a 3.7 or better GPAs. Five finished the academic year with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Rice leads the list with four award winners on the men's side and three on the women's list. There are also seven 2012 Capital One Academic All-District ® Track/Cross Country honorees on the teams.

Southern Miss' placed four student-athletes on the team academic teams. Accounting majors Richard and Robert Collingwood of Southern Miss each make their second appearance on the C-USA All-Academic Team. Richard Collingwood sports a 3.92 GPA, while Robert owns a 3.68 GPA. Both have appeared on the Commissioner's Honor Roll twice and members of the College of Beta Business Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Richard recorded a season-best throw of 52-8" in the shot put and registered a personal-best and school-record mark of 172-2" in the discus during the indoor season. He also placed fifth at the C-USA Outdoor Championship in the shot put. Robert earned All-C-USA second team honors in the shot put at the conference meet when he recorded a personal-best and school-record throw of 59-2". He also repeated the honor during the outdoor championships as he produced a season-best throw of 56-11.5" in the same event.

Stephanie Ledgerwood


Petra Visic


Repeating her 2011 C-USA All-Academic honor is Southern Miss' Stephanie Ledgerwood. She has appeared on three Commissioner's Honor Rolls and has been a C-USA Academic Medal Award winner three times. The forensic science major sports a 3.93 GPA and owns four President's List merits and two Dean's List honors. The junior clocked a personal- and school-record time of 17:16.37 in the 5,000m for eighth placed at the C-USA Indoor Championships. At the outdoor meet, she also clocked a personal- and school-record time of 35:47.52 in the 10,000m, earning her fourth-place honors.

Southern Miss' second all-academic honoree is junior Petra Visic. Visic is a bio-chemistry major and has maintained a 3.96 GPA while competing in field events for the Golden Eagles. Just like Ledgerwood, she appeared on three Commissioner's Honor Rolls and has been a C-USA Academic Medal Award winner three times. Visic placed fifth in the hammer with a toss of 48.16m (158-0) at the C-USA Outdoor Championships and ended the season with the league's fifth-best toss of 51.17m (167-10) in the event.

2011-12 Conference USA Men's Track and Field All-Academic Team

NameSchoolClassGPAMajorHometown
John Fortune*HoustonJr.3.73ChemistryCleveland, Texas
Gabriel Cuadra*RiceSr.3.74Mathematical Economic AnalysisFriendswood, Texas
Jordan HmaidanRiceSr.3.65EconomicsHouston, Texas
Daniel Sloat*RiceSr.4.11Civil and Environmental EngineeringSammamish, Wash.
Alexander Zinchenko*RiceSr.3.61Political ScienceLisbon, Portugal
Richard Collingwood*Southern MissJr.3.92AccountingPort of Spain, Trinidad
Robert Collingwood*Southern MissJr.3.68AccountingPort of Spain, Trinidad
Michael Mainguy**TulaneSr.3.89NeuroscienceBrookline, Mass.
Bill Martin*TulsaSr.3.94BiochemistryOverland Park, Kan.
Carl Stones**TulsaSr.3.80Exercise and Sports ScienceRound Rock, Texas
Richard OlssonUTEPSo.4.00Multidisciplinary StudiesKarlstad, Sweden
* denotes repeat selections

2011-12 Conference USA Women's Track and Field All-Academic Team

NameSchoolClassGPAMajorHometown
Kathryn WarnerEast CarolinaSo.3.806MarketingBatavia, Ill.
Megan FraustoHoustonJr.3.91KinesiologyRoyse City, Texas
Cyarra WellsMemphisSo.3.70AccountingLouisville, Ky.
Sophie Peeters*RiceSr.4.071Psychology, KinesiologyHouston, Texas
Allison Pye***RiceSr.3.97KinesiologyHouston, Texas
Becky Wade*RiceSr.4.02Sociology, Psychology, HistoryDallas, Texas
Ayla GillSMUSr.3.893AccountingAuckland, New Zealand
Stephanie Ledgerwood*Southern MissJr.3.93Forensic ScienceYuma, Ariz.
Petra VisicSouthern MissJr.3.96Bio-ChemistrySplit, Croatia
Kristina Vaughn**UABSr.4.00BiologyMadison, Ala.
Janice JacksonUTEPSo.3.88Multidisciplinary StudiesSt. Catherine, Jamaica
Marine MenezUTEPSr.3.87Multidisciplinary StudiesLesquin, France
* denotes repeat selections
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