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Record number of men's track & field student-athletes on Southland Conference All-Academic squad

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FRISCO — The UTSA men's track & field program saw a program-record six student-athletes named to the 22-member Southland Conference Men's Cross Country and Track & Field All-Academic team, the league office announced on Wednesday.

Seniors Devon Bond and Canel Cole, juniors Albert Cardenas and Cole Reveal and sophomores Nate Brunette and Phil Steinert were part of the Roadrunners' league-best contingent.

Bond, who maintains a 3.08 GPA in economics, earned an automatic berth on the squad after successfully defending his triple jump crowns at both the Southland Indoor and Outdoor meets this past season. The Trenton, N.J., native advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive season where he earned second-team All-America honors with his 16th-place finish. Also an Outdoor All-American in 2010, he scored team-best 13.5 points at February's Southland Indoor, which helped lead UTSA to its conference-record-tying sixth consecutive title.

Cole landed on the team by virtue of his 3.01 GPA in biology. The Killeen native registered a second-place finish in the 800 meters at the Southland Outdoor. That came on the heels of him scoring points in three events at the Southland Indoor, which helped UTSA win its conference-record-tying sixth consecutive championship. He finished third in the 800m, ran the second leg of the squad’s second-place distance medley relay and was the third segment of the team’s third-place 1,600m relay.

Cardenas, a 3.14 student in information systems, was honored for the second consecutive campaign. The Converse native picked up an automatic spot after winning a conference title in the mile in February, which was the second Southland Indoor Championship of his three-year career. He also ran the anchor leg of the team’s second-place distance medley relay team at that meet which helped lead UTSA to its conference-record-tying sixth consecutive championship. He also collected all-league accolades with his ninth-place finish at the Southland Cross Country Championships in the fall. Cardenas finished as UTSA’s top finisher at the first five meets of the year.

Reveal, who totes a 3.43 GPA in mathematics, also was honored for the second year in a row. The Frisco native placed third in the mile at the Southland Indoor, which helped the Roadrunners win their conference-record-tying sixth consecutive championship. He went on to record a fourth-place performance in the 1,500m at the Southland Outdoor. In the fall, Reveal raced to USTFCCCA All-South Central Region honors with his 22nd-place finish and he also earned all-conference accolades with his eighth-place finish at the Southland Cross Country Championships. He was named to UTSA’s Honor Roll (3.5 GPA) following the spring semester.

Brunette, who was a first-team Capital One Academic All-District VI pick earlier this month, carries a near-perfect 3.94 GPA in civil engineering. The Humble native advanced to the NCAA Championships quarterfinals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in Eugene, Ore., last month. He accounted for 12.75 points at the Southland Outdoor after finishing third in both the 100m and 200m in addition to running lead leg of the sixth-place 400m relay quartet. That came on the heels of racing to a sixth-place finish in the deuce at the Southland Indoor, which helped lead UTSA to its conference-record-tying sixth consecutive title. Brunette was named to UTSA's President's List (4.00 GPA) both semesters this year.

Steinert, who maintains a 3.82 GPA in kinesiology, rounded out UTSA's honorees. The Round Rock native placed third in the weight throw with a school-record toss of 59-9 ½ (18.22m) at the Southland Indoor, which helped lead UTSA to its conference-record-tying sixth consecutive championship. He also earned a bronze medal in the hammer at the Southland Outdoor and added a sixth-place performance in the discus at that meet. A NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the hammer, he established a new program record in the hammer (196-3/59.81m) at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Steinert was named to UTSA’s Dean’s List (3.50 GPA) following the fall semester.

The 2011 Southland Cross Country and Track & Field All-Academic Teams are comprised of student-athletes that competed in cross country, indoor track & field and/or outdoor track & field. Student-athletes earn automatic qualification onto the squad if they maintain a GPA of 3.0 in addition to earning either first-team all-conference honors in any of the three seasons and/or being a CoSIDA/Captial One Academic All-District VI selection.

The team is voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

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