DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Jeff Kaste (Atkinson, N.H), of the University of New Hampshire men’s outdoor track & field team, was named to the America East Men’s Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team the conference announced Tuesday evening.
Kaste, a history major with a 3.41 grade-point average, will all take part in the NCAA East Regional on May 29-30 at North Carolina A&T State University’s Aggie Stadium. Kaste qualified for the regionals in the hammer throw at the IC4A Championships on May 17 at Princeton University’s Weaver Track & Field Stadium with a throw of 58.82 meters, the 71st best mark in the country.
At the America East Championships on May 3, Kaste was second in both the discus and hammer, and was third in the shot put. The next weekend at New Englands, Kaste was again third in the shot put and fourth in the hammer.
Kaste and the Wildcats return to action at the NCAA East Regional on May 29-30 at North Carolina A&T State University’s Aggie Stadium. The top-five finishers in each event earn automatic bids to the NCAA National Championships, while anyone in the top 12 has the ability to earn an at-large bid. The NCAA National Championships will be held June 10 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the University of Arkansas’ John McDonnell Field.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the last two academic years, the All-Academic Team has been selected based on a formula. Starting this year, America East has adopted a more subjective approach based on feedback from various coaches’ groups and administrators and approval by the athletic directors. The process will now resemble the CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program. Student-athletes worthy of consideration will now be nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports like track & field. There may be more student-athletes recognized if a tie exists or fewer if eligibility requirements limit the number of nominees. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.