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Trio of ETSU track and field stars earn USTFCCCA academic honors
Friday, July 14, 2006
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, an athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and must have met the NCAA Division I regional or national qualifying standard in her event.
Rainer, an education major, is coming off one of the most successful seasons in recent history, finishing 11th overall in the 100-meters at the NCAA Championships last month. Rainer was the first ETSU athlete to make the championships field since the 2000 season. On his way to nationals, Rainer ran a blazing 10.16 at the regional championships, a huge personal best, as well as a new school record. Throughout the 2005-06 campaign, Rainer won a total of four individual
Estes, who is majoring in business, took a pair of A-Sun crowns on the year, winning both the indoor and outdoor high jump titles. The sophomore has yet to lose in conference action, winning four-straight league championship events.
Ricciardi also captured a pair of conference high jump titles on the year, and finished 10th at the NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships with a career-best jump of 5-9.25 (1.76m). The public relations major also won high jump events at the Jesse Owens Classic and the Western Carolina Invitational, and took second overall at the Vanderbilt Invitational.