Hoosiers Earn Three All-Academic
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Current Hoosiers Eric Redman, Ryan Ketchum and 2004 graduate Chris Powers of the Indiana men's track and field team, have each been named Academic All-Americans for their athletic and academic performances throughout the 2004 season.
The criteria for an Academic All-American is obtaining a 3.25 cum GPA or greater and qualifying for the nationals indoors, or the regional or nationals outdoor.
Powers, also a recipient of Academic All-American accolades after the 2002
indoor season, qualified for this year's honor via his outdoor mark in the 5k. He holds the school record in the indoor 5k with a time of 13:59.35 and his personal best time in the outdoor 5k of 13:48.45, ranks fourth on IU's all-time list. In addition, Powers became a two-time All-American in cross-country and track during the 2004 season. His first honor came after a 44th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and he later took a ninth-place finish in the 5k at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Redman earned his first Academic All-American honor after running a leg in the school-record breaking distance medley relay team that also competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The relay team turned in an impressive time of 9:31.26 at the Tyson Invitational where Redman ran a 2:56.5 split in the 1,000-meters.
Also a first-time recipient of the Academic All-American honor, Ketchum made an appearance at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in the shot put and discus. His personal best mark of (18.84m/61-09.75), which he threw at the 2004 Big Ten Championships, ranks second overall in the IU record books. He also sits at fourth on the indoor all-time list in the shot put with a heave of 18.56m/60-10.75.
All three athletes were also Academic All-Big Ten selections for the past two years.
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