NEW ORLEANS --- Tennessee State women’s track and field student-athletes Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.), Clairwin Dameus (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) were honored for their excellence in the classroom and on the track by earning U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic accolades.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one 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).
Beard, who recently completed her sophomore season, competed in the high jump at the NCAA East Preliminary round during the outdoor season. Beard won the silver medal for the high jump at the OVC Outdoor Championship and a bronze at the OVC Indoor Championship.
A recent graduate of TSU, Dameus was TSU’s first two-time USTFCCCA First Team All-America honoree, earning the distinction in the long jump and the pentathlon during the indoor season. She went on to earn USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-America for the heptathlon. Dameus is also the first TSU student-athlete to take home OVC Female Athlete of the Year.
Hughes capped her junior season by placing 18th in the triple jump at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The jumper from Atlanta, Ga. was TSU’s highest finisher at the NCAA Division I Championships, taking fourth in the triple jump during the indoor season. Hughes was also the first OVC athlete to earn OVC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and OVC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
A total of 910 women from 192 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the 2015-16 track and field season.