LAKE CHARLES – McNeese State's Ben Chretien and Alex Bruce-Littlewood have been named to the USTFCCCA 2012 Division I All-Academic Men's Track & Field team, released by the organization this week.
Chretien, the 2012 Southland Conference javelin champion and fifth place finisher at the NCAA track meet to earn first team All-America honors, set a school record with a 245-4 mark to garner the accolades. The Elton, La. native produced a 3.66 grade point average in business management while earning SLC all-academic honors.
He also was recently named the school's Desmond Jones Athlete of the Year and selected as McNeese's Southland Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was also named to the all-Louisiana squad.
Bruce-Littlewood earned first team all-Louisiana honors in the 1500 meters with a best run of 3:48.41 – fourth fastest in school history. He also had the state's best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:59.39.
A native of London, Bruce-Littlewood earned his degree in health and human performance and compiled a 3.66 gpa.
"This is a great honor for these two outstanding student-athletes and also for McNeese State University," said McNeese track head coach Brendan Gilroy.
The two join Lamar's Joe and Tom Wade and Sam Stabler, Oral Roberts Jack Whitt, and Stephen F. Austin's Adam Saloom, as the only other athletes to represent the league.
A total of 431 student-athletes representing 148 institutions compose the group. To qualify 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 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).
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