NEW ORLEANS – The accolades continue to accumulate for recent Carleton College graduate Kelly Lovett ’11 (Portland, Ore.), who was named one of four Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division IIII by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The quartet represents collegiate track & field’s best in both athletics and academics.
Lovett, who recorded the fop four throws en route to winning the national crown in the javelin at the 2011 Division III NCAA Championships, graduated with a 3.80 cumulative GPA as a political science major. She was tabbed the Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. Joining her in the quartet of Scholar Athletes of the Year are Keelie Finnel of Coe College (Indoor Track), Emma Dewart from Ithaca College (Indoor Field) and Jennifer Gossels of Williams College (Outdoor Track).
Additionally, Lovett as well as Simone Childs-Walker ’12 (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) and Alison Smyth ’12 (Billings, Mont./Billings West) represent Carleton as USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees. A total of 328 individuals—including 22 from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conferece—were tapped for this honor by compiling a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and meeting an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying marks in an individual or relay event. Participation in an NCAA Championship also fulfills the athletic component of All-Academic qualification.
The full USTFCCCA press release can be found at: