New Orleans, La.—UMBC track and field athletes Alexios Prodanas (Kilkis, Greece) and Sophia Cologer (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) were tabbed as USTFCCCA (United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) All-Academic selections, the association announced Friday.
Prodanas was one of 516 student-athletes on the men's side to receive the award, becoming the first UMBC freshman ever to make the list. This past spring, Prodanas earned Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Field Performer honors, helping the Retrievers to a second-place finish at the America East Championships. He broke the school record in the hammer throw at the Princeton Invitational with a toss of 65.04m (213'4"), earning a spot in the NCAA Preliminaries.
Cologer capped her career at UMBC with a trip to the NCAA Preliminaries in the 3,000m steeplechase, after resetting the school record in the event this spring. The Annapolis native was named to the America East All-Academic Team for the second straight year, earning her degree in biochemistry this past May.
To qualify for the award, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and finish the indoor season ranked in the national top 96 of their event or participate in the NCAA Preliminaries during the outdoor season.