Trio of Eagles Honored by Track & Field Coaches Association
Kyle King, Kersee Lind and Brad Wall honored on USTFCCCA All-Academic team
Eastern Washington University’s Kyle King, Kersee Lind and Brad Wall (pictured) have been selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as All-Academic honorees for the 2012 season. A total of 431 student-athletes representing 148 NCAA Division I institutions are on the squad.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and 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 Proof of Performance lists; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
King and Lind both ended their careers at Eastern in the 2011-12 school year, and Wall has an outdoor season left and will compete in the spring of 2013. King is a 2008 graduate of Coupeville (Wash.) and majored in communication studies. Lind majored in Spanish education and graduated in 2007 from Hermiston (Ore.) High School. Wall graduated in 2008 from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash., and is a journalism major.
In their careers, that trio has combined to win 19 Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors. King won eight (three cross country, three outdoor, two indoor), Lind won six (three each indoors and outdoors) and Wall has won five thus far (three indoors, two outdoors).
King capped his career by winning Eastern’s first-ever outdoor men’s distance title in the Big Sky Conference when he won the championship in the 10,000 meters in Bozeman, Mont. He finished the race in 30:52.23 to win by nearly 16 seconds, and in 2010 set the school record with a time of 29:34.21 .
King, who is transferring to Oklahoma and will compete as a graduate student, was the Big Sky champion in the 5,000 at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in 2011. He then recorded the third-fastest outdoor time (14:10.42) in school history in that event in the spring of 2012.
Lind finished seventh at the 2012 Big Sky Outdoor Championships in the decathlon with a score of 6,654. Earlier in the season, he had a personal-best score of 6,735 to rank second all-time in school history. During the 2012 indoor season, Lind earned All-Big Sky honors after placing third in the heptathlon, as he broke his own school record with 5,222 points.
Wall has won three Big Sky titles in the 400 meters in his career, and was third indoors in 2012. He also ran a leg on EWU’s 4x400 relay team, which won the 2012 Big Sky indoor title with a school-record time of 3:11:04.