Point Park’s Shields earns national scholar-athlete honor

July 29, 2018 GMT

Anna Shields, a junior distance runner on the Point Park University women’s track and field team, is one of three selected as an NAIA Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday.

The honor combines accomplishments in the classroom and in competition during the 2017-18 academic year. They topped a group of 126 women who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition.

The award recipents were the highest-finishing performers at the 2018 NAIA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships who attained All-Academic status. The athletes who won individual NCAA titles ranked higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative grade-point averages are weighed as the final advantage. 

Shields, an English major with a 3.72 GPA, was named the NAIA Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

The Torrington, Conn., native made her mark at the 2018 indoor national championships by winning titles in the 1,000 meters and the mile. She then turned her attention to the outdoor season and captured NAIA crowns in both the 800 and 1,500.

Shields led a group of four women and one male selected USTFCCCA All-Academic from Point Park. To claim the honor, student-athletes had to finish with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and qualify for the NAIA national championship meet in either the 2017-18 indoor or outdoor season.

Point Park women making the list with Shields included senior Olukemi Olugakinro (3.62 GPA) and freshmen Reba Bartram (3.89 GPA) and Alyssa Boyd (3.30). Those three were national qualifiers during the indoor season in the 4x400 and distance medley relays.

Andre Lowery represents the Point Park men’s team as a USTFCCCA All-Academic qualifier. He achieved a 3.49 cumulative GPA and was a national qualifier in the long jump during the outdoor season.