Tanisha Wisdom has graduated but is still earning accolades.
Tanisha Wisdom has graduated but is still earning accolades.

Aug. 6, 2008

NEW ORLEANS - The United States Track & Field & Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today and amazing 468 women and 266 men who made up their respective Division I All-Academic Track & Field team. More than 140 schools were represented and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) was one of them, listing three student athletes among the group of scholars.

Tanisha Wisdom, Merrecia James and Amon Kiprotich excelled both academically and athletically this season. Wisdom (400-meter dash) and James both competed in the 2008 NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships while Wisdom also ran in the NCAA Indoor Championships. James, who ran in the 800-meter run in both seasons, posted a qualifying time for the Indoor Championships as well while Kiprotich won the 5,000-meter run in the MEAC Championships and competed in the NCAA Outdoor East Regional.

Amon Kiprotich

In order to qualify for the USTFCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.

Wisdom, who graduated in May was also nominated for an all-region award while James, who returns for her senior season was named the MEAC Most Valuable Performer of the 2008 MEAC Indoor Championships and 2007 MEAC Cross-Country Championships. Kiprotich, an upcoming sophomore, carries a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Merrecia James

James and Kiprotich will return this month to start the defense of the MEAC Championships that UMES holds in men and women's cross-country.