CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston sophomore Dena O'Brien has been honored by being placed on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) women's 2011 Division I All-Academic Track & Field team.
O'Brien had one of the best freshman seasons in the history of the cougars track & field program as she broke seven school records.
"We're very proud of Dena," head coach Amy Seago said. "She's an accomplished athlete, but more importantly, a successful student in the classroom. Our Track & Field and Cross Country student-athletes take their studies seriously. Her honor brings our program recognition for the success our athletes strive to obtain on a daily basis."
O'Brien was a two-time Southern Conference Champion this past season, including breaking a 22-year-old SoCon record in winning the 5K in a time of 16:46.59 at the SoCon Indoor Championships.
O'Brien improved on her 5K in the outdoor season as she ran 16:21.35 at the Raleigh Relays. With the performance she qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary and placed 10th in her heat with a time of 16:35.63.
To qualify for the All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).