2018-08-08 / Sports

MHS grads earn academic honors at OU

NEW ORLEANS – The Oakland men’s and women’s track and field teams have been named All-Academic teams by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) while Andrew Bowman, Jacob Bowman, Andrew Storm (all from Marlette) and Rachel Levy earned All-Academic individual honors for the 2017-18 Division I track & field season. This marks the fourth consecutive season an Oakland student-athlete has garnered this award.

Oakland’s women’s team posted an overall GPA of 3.32 while the men garnered a 3.06 GPA. Nationally, a total of 220 women’s teams and 141 men’s teams earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Andrew Bowman, a redshirt senior from Marlette, Mich. with a 3.44 GPA in environmental sciences, closed out his exceptional career becoming the first student-athlete in program history to earn second team All-American honors after finishing 14th in the 3000m steeplechase at 8:49.43 in the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Bowman’s road to Eugene began at the Raleigh Relays (Mar. 30) where he qualified for 2018 NCAA East Preliminary Round with a 3000m steeplechase time of 8:52.64.

At the NCAA East Prelims, he went on to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships finishing eighth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:46.35 (May 24).

Jacob Bowman, a redshirt senior from Marlette, Mich. with a 3.39 GPA in environmental sciences, qualified for the NCAA East Prelims with a 5000m time of 13:57.41 to place fifth at the Virginia Challenge (Apr. 21).

Andrew Storm, a sophomore from Marlette, Mich. 3.77 GPA in Health Sciences, was the only field athlete to qualify for the NCAA East Prelims this season after winning the long jump title with school record mark of 7.51m (24 ft., 7.75 in.) at the 2018 Horizon League Outdoor Championships (May 6).

Rachel Levy, a junior from Midland, Mich. with a 3.77 GPA in Health Sciences, qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the 5000m with a school record time of 16:28.40 at the Raleigh Relays (Mar. 30).

To qualify individually, each student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary round

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