July 24, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Missouri State track and field standouts Kimsue Grant and Robiann Broomfield picked up Division I All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and the Bears' track and field squad notched All-Academic team laurels, the USTFCCCA announced Wednesday (July 24).
Grant (Sr., Arlington, Va.) posted a 3.38 GPA in accounting and was a star on and off the field in 2013. She won four individual Missouri Valley Conference championships and was selected as a recipient of the 2013 MVC Leadership and service award. She was also named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the week on May 16 and the MVC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week on March 27.
Grant competed at the NCAA Outdoor West Regional meet thanks to being ranked ninth and 15th in the long jump and triple jump, respectively, on the NCAA Division I West Outdoor qualifying list. Her stellar work in the classroom earned her spots on the 2013 MVC Honor Roll and MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award list.
Broomfield (Clarendon, Jamaica) just completed an impressive freshman season at Missouri State, capped by an appearance in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor West Regional. She earned a spot at the national meet by ranking 41st in the West in the triple with a distance of 12.73 meters, set in April at the Mississippi Open. That distance led the MVC until Grant topped it at the conference championships.
Broomfield, who has a 3.92 GPA and majors in psychology, also earned a spot on the MVC Honor Roll and was named to the MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award list earlier this month.
A total of 710 women from 187 Division I institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors this season.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic team, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25. In addition, they must have met either of the following athletic standards: For the indoor season, finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships.
As a team, the Bears had a 3.26 GPA to place among 187 All-Academic teams which had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.