Six Frogs Receive All-Academic Honors

Justin Chambers

Justin Chambers

July 23, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas - Six members of the TCU track and field program earned All-Academic accolades from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), it was announced.

Justin Chambers, Adam Damadzic and Sam Watts from the men's squad and Megan Smith, Tricia Terry and Sabrina Moore from the women's team all received All-Academic Individual awards.

Chambers posted a 3.87 GPA and majored in Economics. He competed in the sprints division for the Horned Frogs in 2014. He posted two first place finishes in the 4x400-meter relay at the Texas Relays and the Drake Relays. In the relay at the NCAA Championships, he helped earn a fifth place time in their respective heat. Chambers wrapped up his collegiate career with several honors last season. He was named Big 12 Men's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the spring season. He is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and received the 2013-14 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship. Chambers also earned USTFCCCA Outdoor All-America Honorable Mention accolades in the 4x400 meter relay.

Damadzic earned a 3.53 GPA, while pursuing a degree in Psychology. He competed in the throws division, racking up the top four marks in the discus event by a Frog in 2014. He posted six top 10 throws during the outdoor campaign, including a fourth place finish at the Big 12 Championships. He set a personal-record at the Longhorn Invitational with a throw of 55.52m and broke that record two weeks later with a 56.23m throw. He increased the distance of his throws in five-straight meets last season. Damadzic also earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors last season.


 

 

Watts recorded a 3.51 GPA while majoring in Movement Science. He put together a successful 2014 season earning All-America honors in the 4x400 relay (Indoor-Second Team, Outdoor-Honorable Mention) and the 4x100 relay (Outdoor-Second Team) events. He also received Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors as well. Watts posted two of the top four times by a Horned Frog in the 200-meter dash in the indoor season and the top time in the outdoor campaign. He was featured on the 4x100-meter relay squad, who recorded a first place finish at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, a second place time at the Big 12 Championships and a sixth place finish in their individual heat at the NCAA Championships. Also at that meet, he put up a fifth place time as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team.

Smith had a 3.65 GPA and studies Biology. She left her mark in the discus and shot put events with dominating performances for TCU in 2014. Over both the indoor and outdoor seasons, she tallied 10 first place marks. She recorded three second place finishes at the Indoor and Outdoor Big 12 Championships. She shattered the TCU discus record, her own mark, at the TCU Invitational on March 20. She re-set her personal best four times during the outdoor campaign. Smith earned USTFCCCA Outdoor All-America Second Team honors thanks to her finish at the NCAA Championships. She also earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team accolades for the second-straight year. 

Terry completed her TCU career with a 3.60 GPA and majored in Movement Science. A distance runner, she tallied six first place finishes, split evenly in both indoor and outdoor with three in each. Her first place times came in the mile and 3,000-meter events in the indoor season and the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter events in the outdoor campaign. She holds the TCU record in the mile with a time of 4:42.52. She broke the previous best by five seconds, a time that had been standing since 1986. She was also named to the Academic All-Big 12 team three-consecutive years.

Moore posted a 3.54 GPA, while pursuing a degree in Nursing. She was featured on the Outdoor All-America 4x100-meter relay squad and the 4x200-meter relay team, while also competing in individual heats during the year. The 4x100-meter relay squad picked up a first place finish at the TCU Invitational and recorded top five times in five meets. Also at the TCU Invitational, she recorded her fastest time in the 100 meters (11.67) and the 200 meters (24.12).

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 at least one 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 TFRRS.org. For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).


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