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NEW ORLEANS — The University of Colorado track and field team placed five individuals on the USTFCCCA All-Academic teams and the women's team also earned All-Academic team status.

Morgan Pearson and Ben Saarel were named to the men’s team, while Abby Levene, Melanie Nun and Elizabeth Tremblay were selected to the women’s team.

Saarel led the Buffs with an outstanding 3.98 GPA during his freshman campaign while majoring in engineering physics. Pearson, who is majoring in economics, finished his junior season with a 3.45 cumulative GPA. Nun has the best GPA on the women’s side with a 3.91 GPA accumulated during her freshman season while studying mathematics and economics. Tremblay earned her bachelor’s degree in integrative physiology and evolutionary biology last May with a GPA of 3.50 and Levene, a graduate student studying environmental journalism, accumulated a 3.33 GPA in her first year at CU.

Individual athletes must have a GPA of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have 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; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

To qualify for the team award, the squad must have a team cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. CU's women have recorded a 3.14 GPA. A total of 208 women’s teams and 116 men’s teams earned the award.