Santa Barbara, Calif. - The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association announced the 2018 NCAA and NAIA All-Academic Awards last week for teams and individuals competing in the 2018 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. In total, an exceptional group of 626 men and 880 women across the country were distinguished with All-Academic honors, including UC Santa Barbara's very own Jenna Hinkle, Hope Bender, and Chase Tarr.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, each student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have either finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or top 48 in a relay event indoors, or have participated in any round of the NCAA Division 1 Championships. The full list of individuals and teams that were distinguished with All-Academic honors can be seen here.
Hinkle, a recent graduate of UCSB, and Bender were both major contributors to the women's track and field team for the 2018 season, scoring a cumulative 56 points together out of the 120 team total at the Big West Conference Track and Field Championships for a second place finish behind Long Beach State. They both also took 2 individual titles each at the championships (Hinkle the 1500m and the 5000m, Bender the heptathlon and the 400m hurdles), and set 3 school records throughout the year (Hinkle the 1500m, Bender the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles).
Going into just his sophomore year, Tarr was able to score at the Big West Conference Championships with a 3rd place finish in the javelin as just a freshman. Along with this, he was able to compete in the NCAA Preliminary Rounds as well as finish 5th at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in the javelin as well.