NEW ORLEANS (7/24/14) - Sophomore Julia Ratcliffe has been named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year it was announced by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The award is given to track athletes and field athletes or the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories. Ratcliffe won the award as the top outdoor field athlete.
"Combining their accomplishments in the classroom and in competition during the recently completed academic year, these four women were the most exceptional among a group of 727 women who were USTFCCCA All-Academic honors," the press release stated. "The awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the NCAA Championships."
Ratcliffe, a sophomore economics major, won the outdoor field award to become the first woman from Princeton to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year since the award began in 2007. The native of Hamilton, New Zealand, was crowned champion of the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Joining Ratcliffe on the All-Academic list are junior Emily de La Bruyere and freshman Lizzie Bird.
de La Bruyere earns the award for the second consecutive year. She finished the indoor season ranked 51st in the nation in the 3,000 at 9:20.68 and 80th in the indoor mile with a 4:45.31.
Bird qualified after making the NCAA East Regional in the steeplechase. She ran a PR of 10:13.15 at the Regional to place 13th, one place out of qualifying for the championship meet.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete 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 TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
The women's track & field team also qualified with a cumulative 3.24 GPA to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic team honors.