Redlands women earn academic honors

Sophomore Kortney Watring and sophomore Mackenzie Smith of the University of Redlands track & field team earned NCAA Division III U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s All-Academic honors as a result of their academic and athletic success.
 
Requirements for the USTFCCCA All-Academic distinction include a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative GPA and an automatic or provisional qualifying mark for either the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships or the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.
 
Watring, an English major, boasts an impressive 3.96 GPA and has exemplified the consummate student-athlete. A two-time Redlands Scholar-Athlete, she garnered ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Women’s Academic All-District VIII Track & Field/Cross Country Second-Team honors for the College Division in the first year that she was eligible for the award this past season. She experienced similar success in the jumps, notching a provisional qualifying mark for the 2009 NCAA Championships in the Triple Jump (37′ 8 “) at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Multi-Duals. This is Watring’s inaugural selection to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
 
After earning All-America status for the second time in as many years, Smith continues to rake in recognition for her talents. Smith enjoys a 3.726 GPA as a Math major and has twice graced the list of Redlands Scholar-Athletes. Her NCAA Championship provisional-qualifying toss of 139′ 4″ in the Javelin Throw at the SCIAC Top-4 Meet punched her ticket to the 2009 NCAA Championships, where she took third with a mark of 140′ 7″. A two-time SCIAC Champion in the Javelin Throw, she also finished sixth in the event at the 2008 NCAA Championships. This is Smith’s second USTFCCCA All-Academic citation.
 
The Redlands women’s track & field team placed sixth at the 2009 SCIAC Championships and tied for 41st overall at the 2009 NCAA Championships.