Six Rebels Earn National Academic Honors

Dante Oliver (photo by Joshua McCoy)

Dante Oliver (photo by Joshua McCoy)

July 24, 2013

NEW ORLEANS – Six members of the Ole Miss track and field team have been recognized with All-Academic distinction by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced Wednesday.

Men’s team members Onyi Afoaku and Dante Oliver received the honor, along with women’s team members Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen, Jazmin Miller, Mary Ashton Nall and Kayleigh Skinner.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average 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 (collective listing) 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).

Hellberg-Jonsen, who boasts a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a marketing & corporate relations major, was also recently honored as a Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Afoaku has a 3.62 GPA as a journalism major, while Oliver maintains a 3.30 in pharmaceutical sciences. Miller has a 3.60 in psychology, Nall a 3.56 in marketing & corporate relations and Skinner a 3.85 in journalism.

On the track, Nall capped a strong season by advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon and being named a second team All-American after she placed 14th overall.

Ole Miss routinely places several athletes on the USTFCCCA’s All-Academic list each year, including in 2007 when Barnabas Kirui was named the Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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