Barksdale, DeRosa, And Durkin Named To A-10 Track & Field Academic All-Conference Team
May 15, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Juniors Nathan Barksdale (Valparaiso, Ind.), Christina DeRosa (Sound Beach, N.Y.), and Ryan Durkin (Andover, Mass.) have been named to the Atlantic 10 Track & Field Academic All-Conference Team as announced by the league office on Tuesday. This is DeRosa's second Academic All-Conference selection in track and the first such honor for both Durkin and Barksdale. Durkin earned Academic All-Conference honors for cross country this past fall.
Barksdale holds a 3.548 grade point average in sport management and is one of the top sprinters on the men's team. He is a three-time A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. During the outdoor season, Barksdale finished seventh in the 200 meters (22.63 seconds) at the A-10 Championships and was a member of the third-place 4x400 meter and fourth-place 4x100 meter relay teams. This past weekend, Barksdale helped the men's 4x400 relay team to a third-place finish at the New England Championships and the 4x100 team to an eighth-place performance.
At the A-10 Indoor Championship Meet, he finished fourth in the 400 meters (51.10 seconds), 12th in the 200 meters (23.12) and was a member of the sixth-place 4x400 meter relay team.
DeRosa was named to the academic all-conference team for the second straight year after completing the best outdoor season of her career. This past fall she was named the UMass Fall Scholar-Athlete following her cross country performance. The kinesiology major holds a 3.420 grade point average and has been a member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Comittee. She is a four-time All-Atlantic 10 Performer in cross country, indoor and outdoor track highlighted by her winning the 10,000 meters this spring at the league championships.
This past weekend she finished fifth at the ECAC Championships in the 10,000 meters after setting a new A-10 record (36:07.62) in the event a week prior. Also at the Outdoor A-10 Championships, she finished third in the 5,000 meters (17:16.46). During the indoor season, she finished third in the 5,000 meters (17:38.73) at the A-10 Championships, fifth at the New England Championships (17:22.96), and 23rd at the ECAC Championships (17:37.95).
Durkin earns his second academic all-conference honor of the 2006-07 year after being named to the league's cross country team this past fall. He is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is a five-time member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll. The finance and operations management major holds a 3.895 cumulative grade point average.
During the outdoor season, Durkin placed 10th in the 800 meters (1:55.78) at the A-10 Championships and was a member of the second-place 4x800 meter relay team this past weekend at the New England Championships.
For the indoor season, Durkin finished seventh at the A-10 Championships in the mile (4:18.71) and placed 16th in the event (4:18.99) at the New England Championships.
La Salle's Ryan Moseley and Jane Daniels and Sharonda Johnson of Charlotte were named the Atlantic 10 Student-Athletes of the Year in men's and women's track & field, respectively.
Daniels and Johnson are joined on the Atlantic 10 Women's Track & Field Academic All-Conference team by teammates Lamarra Currie and Lajarsha Moses; Emily Anderson, Katherine Guilfoyle, and Courtney Klenk of Rhode Island; Duquesne's Emily Beahan, Jenna Daggett, Samantha Howard, and Melissa Stewart; DeRosa of Massachusetts; Dayton's Liz Forster; Erin Kelly of Saint Joseph's; and La Salle's Carolyn Lipovsky and Rachel Papin.
Anderson, Johnson, Papin, and Stewart repeat as members of the Academic All-Conference team.
Joining Moseley on the A-10 Men's Track & Field Academic All-Conference team are Anthony Bacon and Adu Dentamo of Charlotte; Rhode Island's Thomas Barek and Stephan Mateka; Barksdale and Durkin of UMass; Duquesne's Justin Gunter, Mike Murawski, and Eric Robertson; Matthew Lowenthal of Fordham; Matt McClure and Teddy Meyers of Saint Joseph's; Xavier's Ben Milroy; Mat Stuber of Saint Louis; and Richmond's Hunter Willis. Moseley and Meyers are the lone holdovers from last year's Academic All-Conference team.
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