Bova and Fields Earn Academic All-District Honors

June 4, 2013

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati track and field standouts Matt Bova and Mackenzie Fields have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America District 5 team, as announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bova, a junior mathematics major from Kettering, Ohio, has maintained a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average during his time at UC. Having been named to both the Dean’s List and Bearcat Honor Roll eight times, he is a member of the 2012 Bearcats STRONG team, which salutes athletic, academic and community service feats. Bova is also a 2012 Legion of Excellence inductee.

Bova scored a career-high 5,857 points in the outdoor decathlon at the 2013 Oliver Nikoloff Invitational and had a career best 4,448 points in the indoor heptathlon at the Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial Meet. He also recorded career bests in eight outdoor events this season.

Fields, a Cincinnati native, holds the school record, 14’1.25”, in the outdoor pole vault, which she set at the 2013 Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. An All-BIG EAST performer, she won both the BIG EAST indoor and outdoor pole vault titles this year and was named an indoor track and field All-American. Fields’ also set the Jesse Owens Classic meet record and notched her personal best during the outdoor season with a mark of 14’3.25”. After finishing 14th at the 2013 NCAA East Preliminary, Fields is set to compete in the US Nationals later this summer.

The senior secondary education major was named the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for UC, an honor given by the BIG EAST. She has posted a 4.0 grade-point average six times and has been named to both the Bearcats Honor Roll and Dean’s List 12 times. Fields is also a member of the 2012 Bearcats STRONG team and was named the 2013 TopCat Female Athlete of the year.

Both student-athletes are nominees for the Division I Capital One Academic All-American Team that will be announced Thursday, June 27.