July 29, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced the Division I All-Academic Awards and Southern Miss placed three members of the track and field team earned on the list of award winners.
A total of 710 women from 187 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom. Seniors>Stephanie Ledgerwood and Krista Moylan were among the honorees while Kyle Smith was among 448 men who earned All-Academic honors.
Ledgerwood, one of five repeat performers, currently owns the Southern Miss indoor records in 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters as well as the outdoor records 5,000 and 10,000 meters. She has been a C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Academic Medal Recipient all four years. She has been a constant member of the President's List over her career with only one semester on the Dean's List. This her third C-USA All-Academic Team two honor.
Ledgerwood was named the Southern Miss Student-Athlete of the Year. She owns the record in the 10K with time of 34:21.82. She finished fourth at the C-USA Outdoor Championship. She turned in a school record performance in the 5K at the C-USA Outdoor Championship with time of 16:45.09. She added a third-place finish in 5K at the Texas Relays and sixth-place at Alabama Relays. Ledgerwood also had a school record performance in the 3K indoor with time of 9:38.30 while finishing fourth at the C-USA Indoor Meet.
Moylan has been named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Academic Medal Recipient all four years. She was a member of the C-USA All-Academic Team. She received the College of Business MS Power Company & Marketing Faculty Award and the College of Business Dean's Undergraduate Excellence Award.
Moylan posted a school record performance in the 3,000 steeplechase at the NCAA East Preliminary with a time of 10:33.28. She placed second at the C-USA Outdoor Meet. She was first in the event at the Samford Mutli & Invitational and finished seventh at the Texas Relays. She ran a season-best time of 17:19.92 in the 5K and 36:47.09 in the 10K. She also placed fifth in the 5K at the C-USA Indoor Championship with a time of 16:44.95 for a school record performance.
Smith, who missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John Surgery, has been a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll four years. He was named to Dean's List two times and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll four times. He was named to C-USA All-Academic Team in 2011. He competed at the NCAA East Preliminary where he placed sixth overall in the javelin and advanced to the NCAA National Championship. He then competed in the 2013 USA Track and Field Championship where he placed sixth overall with a personal-best throw of 246'10". He earned the Gold Medal at the C-USA Outdoor Championship in the javelin with a season-best performance 72.05m (236-5) and placed first at the LSU Alumni Gold. He was also third at the Southeastern Louisiana Lion Invitational.
For the fourth consecutive year, the women's track and field team was tabbed as a 2013 Division I All-Academic Track and Field team. Southern Miss was one of 187 institutions to earn the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.