Four Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes – Samuel Abascal, Luisa Boschan, Jamaine Coleman and Haley Yost – have earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for the 2016-17 season.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and met one of the following criteria: for the indoor season, 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, participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Abascal compiled a 3.80 GPA while pursuing a general studies degree in his first year at EKU. The native of Sancibrian, Cantabria, Spain qualified for the NCAA East Region Preliminaries in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:53.1, which he ran at the Virginia Challenge on April 21. He also took bronze in the steeplechase at the OVC Outdoor Championships in May.

Boschan has maintained a 3.83 GPA while pursuing a master’s degree in physical education. The native of Berlin, Germany qualified for the East Region Preliminaries by running 16:20.9 in the women’s 5,000 meters at the Virginia Challenge in April. She just missed advancing to the NCAA Championships, finishing 15th at the regional meet with a time of 16:35.2. Her 16:20.9 ranks her fourth all-time at EKU in the 5,000 meters. Boschan also took silver in the 5,000 meters at the OVC Outdoor Championships in May.

Coleman currently owns a 3.31 GPA. The history major from Preston, England emerged as one of the top steeplechasers in the NCAA this past spring. He ran 8:34.3 at the East Region Preliminaries in Lexington, and then earned second team All-America honors after finishing 13th in the event at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Coleman was voted the OVC Male Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in May, and he won OVC gold in the steeplechase, 1,500 meters and indoor mile last season.

Yost has compiled a 3.83 GPA while pursuing a degree in biomedical sciences. The native of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania became the first EKU woman since 1998 to win OVC gold in both the outdoor 800 meters and 1,500 meters in May. She qualified for the NCAA East Region Preliminaries in both events, finishing 30th in the 1,500 meters (4:25.7) and 38th in the half mile (2:10.9) at the regional meet in Lexington. Yost also won gold in the indoor mile with a time of 4:53.6 in February. She ran a PR of 4:49.1 in the mile at the Iowa State Classic on February 10. That is the fifth-fastest mile in school history.

Both the EKU men’s and women’s track and field teams were also named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams by the organization. The Colonel men – who posted a 3.04 GPA this past year – were one of 142 men’s teams from across the country to earn the award. The Colonel women – who posted a 3.37 GPA – were one of 218 women’s teams to receive the award.

A team must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to be named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

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Steve Fohl
Associate Director of EKUSports Communications