Anteater track athletes earn honors – Orange County Register

UC Irvine’s Tyra Jones and Paul Resong have earned All-Academic honors for the 2016-17 season, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced last week.

To qualify for the All-Academic Track & Field Team, an individual must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Jones competed in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2017 NCAA West Prelims in Austin, Texas. The rising senior qualified for the regional meet at the Big West Championships where she ran a personal-record 13.38, which stands as the second-fastest time in school history.

On the year, Jones had five top-10 finishes in the 100H and placed no lower than sixth in seven 400H races. She registered a career-best 61.39 to take third in the 400 hurdles at the Steve Scott Invitational. Jones is majoring in anthropology.

Resong advanced to the 2017 NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 4×400 relay. He teamed up with Lloyd Sicard, Brandon Howard and Isaiah Jewett to win the event at the Big West Championships in a season-best and West Regional-qualifying time of 3:09.19. It was the Anteaters’ first conference title in the 4×400 since 2012.

The quartet was impressive all year long, finishing among the top-three in four of their regular-season meets with three of those being first-place performances. Resong also scored in the 400m at the Big West Championships and ran a lifetime best 48.55 at the Mondo Team Challenge. He is an upcoming junior and is majoring in biological sciences.

UCI GOLFERS NAMED ALL-AMERICA SCHOLARS

UC Irvine men’s golfers Bryan Shin and Jonathan Young were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The Anteater duo were two of 260 Division I student-athletes to receive the distinction.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2.

A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Shin, who graduated in June with a degree in psychology, was a second team All-Big West performer in 2017 with a 72.13 average. His top finish of third was at the Cal…

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