Three Track & Field Members Named to USTFCCA All-Academic Team

Feb. 26, 2008

Providence, RI - Brown Women's Track & Field members Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) and Jenna Ridgway (Santa Barbara, CA) and Men's Track & Field member Ari Zamir (Ridgewood, NJ) have each been named to the NCAA Division I USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

Ridgway and Gupta are two of the 91 female student-athletes representing 62 Division I institutions named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team. Gupta, a fall Academic All-Ivy honoree after a solid cross country season, participated in the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, 2007. She was also a first-team All-Ivy selection. This season, Gupta has been solid for the Bears, as she dominated the one mile run at the Harvard Select meet, taking first by a cushion of eight seconds. She finished the 3,000-meter in fourth at the Valentine Invitational with a 9:30.28.

Ridgway quickly established herself as one of the League's top freshman last year, as she finished 20th at the Cross Country Heps, covering the 5K course in 18:11.40. She was also a co-recipient of Brown's Most Valuable Player award.

Zamir, a consistent runner for the Bears' over the last four years, joins the list of 55 male student-athletes representing 38 Division I institutions named to the 2007 USTFCCCA All-Academic team. Zamir was a fall Academic All-Ivy honoree in cross country. He placed 20th at the NCAA Regionals, and 16th at the New England Championships.

The Bears are preparing for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships hosted at Cornell University on Saturday, March 1.