March 7, 2012

Track & Field’s Letourneau and Pothier Named to All-Academic Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Graduate student Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and senior Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) of the University of New Hampshire women's indoor track & field team were named to the America East All-Academic Team, announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.

Letourneau, who is pursuing a graduate degree in political science and currently holds a 3.66 GPA, finished second in the mile at the America East Championships. She put together a strong indoor campaign, including a pair of school-record performances in both the 1,000 meters (2:48.16) and the mile (4:42.47).

Pothier, an occupational therapy major with a 3.91 GPA, finished third overall in the weight throw at the America East Championships with a toss of 53-06.25. Pothier was a consistent top finisher in the weight throw throughout the season, and capped off the campaign with a 28th-place finish at the ECAC Championships.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the play­ing field.

For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a 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. 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.

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