LA Tech Track & Field Places Three on C-USA All-Academic Team

May 24, 2017

IRVING, Texas - Louisiana Tech placed three student-athletes on the 2017 InTouch Credit Union Conference USA Track and Field All-Academic Team, it was announced by the league office Wednesday.

Louisiana Tech had two women earn the academic honor in Kacie Kaufman and Morgan Keesee, while Drake Heinz represented the Bulldogs on the men’s side.

Kaufman, a sophomore distance runner for the Lady Techsters, earned a spot on the women’s track and field All-Academic team with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in communication at Louisiana Tech, while also being named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and a Commissioner’s Academic Medal recipient for the past two years.

This season, Kaufman recorded five top 10 finishes in both indoor and outdoor competitions, while posting a personal-best time of 4:56.45 in the 1,500m to finish in first place at the Jim Mize Invitational. She also ran a personal best time of 2:26.06 in the 800m to place fourth at the Southern Miss Invitational.

Keesee, who competes in the discus and hammer throw, also made this year’s All-Academic squad with a perfect 4.0 GPA in kinesiology and health promotion, while the junior has been named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and is a recipient of the Commissioner’s Academic Medal in all three years she has been at Louisiana Tech.

Throughout the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons, Keesee has recorded five finishes in the top five and nine top 10 finishes in 10 events. She placed fourth in the discus at the ULL Classic with a mark of 135-9 (41.37m), while also recording a personal-best mark of 171-1 (52.15m) to place fourth in the hammer throw at the Southern Miss Invitational, which ranks 10th in program history.



Heinz claimed a spot on the men’s All-Academic team with a 3.62 GPA in biology, while the sophomore is also a two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and has also been named a recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.

This spring, Heinz recorded top 10 finishes in eight different events, including taking home first place in the 1,500m run (4:03.43) at the Jim Mize Invitational and also in the 5000m run (14:49.58) at the SFA Invitational. He placed second in the 1,500m run at the Southern Miss Invitational with his fastest time of the season in that event (4:00.36) and recorded a new personal-best time of 1:55.06 in the 800m run to finish in fourth place at the LSU Alumni Gold meet.

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2017 InTouch Credit Union Conference USA Women's Track & Field All-Academic Team

Kristen Williams, Jr. - Charlotte | 3.84 - Exercise Science

Clarissa Cutliff, So. - FIU | 3.65 - Psychology

Tiffanni Hernandez, Gr. - FIU | 3.95 – Marketing (Master’s)

Kacie Kaufman, So. – Louisiana Tech | 4.00 - Communication

Morgan Keesee, Jr. - Louisiana Tech | 4.00 - Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Agnes Abu, Sr. - Middle Tennessee | 3.720 – Community and Public Health

Janet Amponsah, Jr. - Middle Tennessee | 3.794 - Community and Public Health

Susannah Lynch, So. – North Texas | 4.00 - Psychology

Katie Jensen, Sr. - Rice | 3.73 – Chemical Engineering

Elsa Racasan, Jr. - Rice | 4.12 - Kinesiology

Ayane Rossano, Jr. - Rice | 3.95 – Kinesiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology Minor

Dana Dillistone, Sr. – Southern Miss | 3.93 - Biochemistry

Gabriyella Torres, So. - UTSA | 4.00 – Pre-Business

2017 InTouch Credit Union Conference USA Men's Track & Field All-Academic Team

Tom Nobles, R-So. - Charlotte | 3.30 - Mechanical Engineering

Drake Heinz, R-So. – Louisiana Tech | 3.62 - Biology

Sampson Laari, Sr. – Middle Tennessee | 3.676 – Leisure, Sport and Tourism Studies

Phillip Smith, Sr. – Middle Tennessee | 3.468 - Finance

James Coleman, Sr. – North Texas | 3.734 - Psychology

Javier Lopez-Ibarra, So. - North Texas | 3.66 - Business

Charlie Card-Childers, Jr. - Rice | 3.71 – Cognitive Sciences & Psychology

Scott Filip, R-Jr. - Rice | 3.57 – Sport Management

Griffin Lee, Sr. - Rice | 3.63 – Kinesiology & Sport Management

Barrett Brock, Sr. - UTSA | 3.57 - Business

Victor Perez, Sr. - UTSA | 3.55 – Electrical Engineering

Maor Seged, So. - WKU | 3.51 – Electrical Engineering


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