By Paul Watley
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 13, 2014) – University of Sioux Falls junior Billy Brockmueller was honored by the NCAA at the Indoor Championships on Thursday with the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Brockmueller earned the award for being the male athlete competing at the indoor championships with the highest GPA. He previously won the award at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
“Getting this award is a testament to the hard work that Billy has put into his academics and athletics here at USF,” said Director of Track & Field Reid Ehrisman. “Billy is a model student-athlete and we are proud of him and all he has contributed to this track & field program and the university.”
A distance runner from Brandon, S.D., Brockmueller has excelled in the classroom since joining the Cougar program. He has been named as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual four times (Cross Country and Track & Field) and was a member of the USF cross country team that was honored as a USTFCCCA All-Academic team, earning the highest GPA of all NCAA schools during the 2012 Cross Country season. Brockmueller has also been honored for his academic and athletic performance by being named to the CoSIDA District 7 Academic All-District team and was named as a CoSIDA second-team Academic All-American for the 2012-13 cross country and track & field seasons. While majoring in Professional Accounting/Business Administration and Computer Information Systems, Brockmueller has accrued a GPA of 4.00.
Brockmueller has also excelled in the athletic side of his college career as he earned NCAA All-American honors this past cross country season by placing 39th at the NCAA Division II National Championships. He is also a member of the school record and NCAA provisional qualifying Distance Medley Relay that qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Winston-Salem, N.C. this weekend with their time of 9:59.75.
“This is an incredible honor for Billy to receive and we are so proud of him,” said Interim Athletic Director Pam Gohl. “He is someone who is not only an incredibly talented athlete and a great student, but he is also a great individual.”
The award is the eighth received by an athlete from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Brockmueller becomes just the second NSIC athlete to earn the award two separate times. He is also the first NSIC student-athlete to earn the award for Indoor Track & Field.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA championships.
All GPAs are based on a straight grading scale to ensure consistency among institutions. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomore or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and competing at the championship.