NEW ORLEANS, La. - Two members of the Stephen F. Austin Track and Field team were recognized for outstanding academic achievement via a national release from the U.S Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Friday. Hunter Key and Daven Murphree were each named to the USTCCCA All-Academic Team on Friday, part of a group of 516 Division I athletes to be recognized for their efforts during the 2016-17 season. To be considered for the award, athletes must have compiled at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and have either been ranked in the top 96 nationally in a solo event or the top 48 for a relay event, or have competed in any round of the NCAA Division I National Championship.
"These two guys have been excellent leaders for four years", said Lumberjacks coach Ron McCown. "Them receiving this award shows that they are both committed to excellence both in the classroom and out on the track."
Murphree finished his career with the Lumberjacks on a high note both in the classroom and out on the track. The Winnsboro, Texas, native cleared 17 feet twice in the spring season, first with a 17' 1" jump at the Texas Invitational (4/15/17) and then with a clearance of 17' 0" at the Longhorn Invitational (4/29/17). The kinesiology major was a conference scorer for the Lumberjacks in all four years of his career as a pole vaulter.
Key will return for a final indoor season with the 'Jacks this year after posting a strong outdoor season last spring. The native of Garrison, Texas, won the decathlon at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships with a 7031 score and was also a conference scorer in the javelin for Stephen F. Austin. Key's score in the decathlon at the conference championships was a personal best in the event, and bested his previous high mark of 7017, set at the Texas Relays prior to the conference championship.
Stephen F. Austin was one of three programs in the Southland Conference to have multiple honorees for the award.