June 28, 2013
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati track and field student-athletes senior Mackenzie Fields (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Mariemont) and sophomore Matt Bova (Kettering, Ohio/Carroll) were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Friday.
Fields finished her career with a 3.906 cumulative grade-point average in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics. She earned a 4.0 GPA in six grading periods while being named to the Dean's List and the Bearcat Honor Roll on 12 occasions. She was named the American Eagle Outfitters Female Scholar-Athlete of Year for UC during 2012-13. Fields also was named to the 2012 Bearcats Strong team that salutes athletic, academic and community service accomplishments.
Athletically, Fields was an All-BIG EAST Conference performer who won both BIG EAST indoor and outdoor pole vault titles this season. An indoor track and field All-American, Fields placed 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championship and 14th at the Outdoor Championship this season. She won the pole vault competition at the Drake Relays and posted 10 first-place finishes overall during the year.
Bova has maintained a 4.0 GPA through two academic years with the Bearcats. He has been named to both the Dean`s List and the Bearcat Honor Roll in every grading period during his collegiate career. He is also a member of the 2012 Bearcats Strong team that salutes athletic, academic and community service accomplishments and was a 2012 inductee of the Legion of Excellence.
During the 2012-13 athletic year, Bova scored a career-high 5,857 points in the outdoor decathlon at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational and had a career best 4,448 points in the indoor heptathlon at Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial Meet . He recorded career bests in eight outdoor events this spring.
It marks the second consecutive year a Bearcats track and field student athlete has been honored by CoSIDA. Former UC distance runner Eric Finan was named a Capital One Academic All-America First Team selection in 2012. About the Academic All-America® Program
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com