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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Three Coppin State student-athletes earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors

BALTIMORE – Coppin State student-athletes Christina Epps, Deandra Daniel and Rosen Daniel earned United States Track & Field Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments during the 2013-14 year.


All three student-athletes earned All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) honors and participated in the NCAA Division I East Regional Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships in Jacksonville in May.



Epps, who completed her first year of graduate school, competed at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon and the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California last month. Epps set a school record of 13.40 meters (43 feet, 11.75 inches) in finishing third overall at the NCAA Division I East Regional Preliminary Championships.



Epps won the MEAC and ECAC triple jump championships in both events, earned indoor All-American honors after finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships and finished sixth at the U.S. Senior National Championships.



A sophomore business major, Deandra Daniel was named to the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA)/Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) national team. Daniel soared a school record 1.83 meters in winning the high jump at the Morgan State Legacy Meet on April 18.



She won the MEAC indoor and outdoor high jump championships for the second straight year. Her effort of 1.82 meters at the outdoor championship meet was a meet record.



Rosen Daniel advanced to the semifinals of the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Preliminary Championships in Jacksonville. He set the indoor school record in the 400-meter dash (46.75) seconds at the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Boston. In that meet, Daniel finished second in the 400 and helped the 4 x 4 place third in the event.



During the outdoor season, Rosen set a school record in placing fourth in the 200-meter dash (20.97 seconds) at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships. He is a member of the school record 4x1 and 4x2 relay teams. He also earned All-MEAC honors after helping the 4x4 relay team finish second.


Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 727 women from 193 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments. A total of 496 men from 165 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments.



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 at least one 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).

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