BATON ROUGE – Three members of the LSU Track & Field program have been recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America for their performance in the classroom as selections to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI First Team with Thursday’s release of the organization’s academic all-district winners for track and field.
Senior pole vaulter Joseph Caraway, sophomore middle distance runner Andria Aguilar and sophomore heptathlete Therese Jernbeck have each been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI First Team for a first time in their collegiate careers as team leaders in the classroom.
A native of Lacassine, Louisiana, Caraway graduated from LSU on May 17 with his degree in kinesiology after maintaining a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average during his collegiate career.
Caraway, who was LSU’s nominee for the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award in 2013, ended his collegiate career this season as the No. 7-ranked pole vaulter indoors in program history after clearing a PR of 17 feet, 7 inches as one of the Top 25 pole vaulters nationally for the 2014 season. He was also an NCAA semifinalist in the event outdoors a year ago, while making four-straight appearances at the NCAA East Prelim.
Caraway proved to be a leader of the Tigers in the classroom and in the community throughout his collegiate career as a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection from 2012-14 and being selected as a member of a SEC Community Service Team for men’s track and field following his senior season outdoors in 2013.
Like Caraway, Jernbeck was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI First Team for the first time in her collegiate career while also maintaining a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA while majoring in international trade and finance. Jernbeck , who hails from Stockholm, Sweden, just completed her sophomore season with the Lady Tigers as one of the SEC’s leading multi-event athletes.
A native of Metairie, Louisiana, Aguilar has also been an outstanding performer on the track and in the classroom in her two seasons with the Lady Tigers while keeping a 3.91 cumulative GPA in international studies. In 2014, Aguilar qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the first time in her career as she ended her sophomore season on the track on Thursday night while running the 1,500 meters.
Aguilar was one of 29 entries for the Lady Tigers in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds that continues Friday and Saturday at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.