Matthew Jurcak Named to Capital One Academic All-America® Second Team
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University track All-American Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.
A first-time Academic All-American® honoree, Jurcak earned his second piece of All-American hardware via a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship in late May in California.
Having recently completed his first year at the Case School of Dental Medicine, Jurcak maintained a 3.406 undergraduate grade point average as a chemistry major. His first semester of dental school provided a GPA of 3.487.
A three-time national qualifier, Jurcak ends his career as a two-time All-American having also placed fifth in the nation in the 60m hurdles at the 2012 DIII Indoor Championship in early March in Iowa. He is also a five-time UAA Track Athlete of the Week as well as a three-time UAA All-Academic honoree.
The Capital One Academic All-America® Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception, a total of 77 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American® -- that number includes six in 2011-12 and 18 over the past three academic years combined.