– Five student athletes from the University of New Hampshire men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams have been named to the America East All-Academic teams the conference announced Thursday.

UNH made up two of the 15 spots on the men’s squad, with senior Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) and sophomore Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) each honored based on their success both in the classroom and on the field.

On the women’s side, the Wildcats had three members on the team of 16. Sophomore Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and seniors Kiah Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and Amy Roccio (Beverly, Mass) were each named to the team after also being selected to the All-Academic Team for the winter season.

At the America East Championships on May 5, Horwitz played a major role in UNH’s second-place showing. Horwitz earned America East Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Track Performer, winning the conference crown in the 10,000-meters by finishing in an America East-record time of 30 minutes, 41.69 seconds. Horwitz also won the Coaches Award for Most Points Compiled with a total of 18, as he finished second in the 5,000-meters in an IC4A championship-qualifying time of 14:32.54.

Dinnan was equally impressive at the conference championships as he finished second in the 10,000-meters with a time of 30:47.97.

Ciambra won an individual conference championship in the pole vault as she helped lead the women’s squad to a second-place finish.

Quarles was also a major contributor at the meet as she finished the 100-meter hurdles in an ECAC championship-qualifying time of 14.17 seconds, placing her second overall.

Roccio was also successful in the conference championships as she placed second in the heptathlon and tallied an impressive total of 4,043 points in competition. Overall, Roccio was also first in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.82 seconds, first in the long jump with a leap of 5.14 meters and second in the high jump at 1.59 meters.

The conference All-Academic Team is selected based on the student-athlete’s academic and athletic achievements. In order to be considered a member of the All-Academic squads, student-athletes must have minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 entering the season. For track and field, student-athletes must finish in the top three at the conference championship meet.
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