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10 Spartans Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Josh McAlary earned his second All-Academic individual honor.

Aug. 6, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field team had 10 members receive All-Academic honors, as announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

A total of seven men earned the individual award, including Joe Banyai (Royal Oak, Mich.), Josh McAlary (Jackson, Mich.), Cliff Miller (Ann Arbor, Mich.), James Nixon Centennial, Colo.), Derik Peterman (Livonia, Mich.), and Caleb Rhynard (Shepherd, Mich.) This is the second All-Academic recognition for both McAlary and Peterman.

Meanwhile, the women’s team had seven honorees, including Melanie Brender (Sterling Heights, Mich.), Lauren Lampman (Haslett, Mich.) and Kathleen Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio).

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).



The following student-athletes received All-Academic honors:

- Joe Banyai - 3.39, human biology
- Josh McAlary - 3.45, art education
- Cliff Miller - 3.44, kinesiology
- James Nixon - 3.77, communications
- Derik Peterman - 3.54, physics
- Caleb Rhynard - 3.98, kinesiology
- Austin Wissler - 3.51, human biology
- Melanie Brender - 3.70, social relations and policy
- Lauren Lampman - 3.55, nursing
- Kathleen Landwehr - 3.69, mechanical engineering

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