AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific seniors Riley McKee and David Schulte were named to the Capital One Academic All-District team, recognizing both athletes for achieving excellence in competition and in the classroom.
The duo represents two of the 10-athlete representation from one of eight geographic districts throughout the nation, and both are now eligible for selection to the Capital One Academic All-America teams, which will be announced on June 25.
”It’s a huge statement for the program for a couple of guys to be recognized with this type of award as they move on to graduate school,” Azusa Pacific men’s track and field head coach Kevin Reid said. “These are a couple of seniors who just missed out on the timing to be able to take part in our program’s first NCAA Division II national experience, but they still led our program on and off the track with their performance, leadership, and attitude. It leaves a big hole to fill on our team, not just from an athletic standpoint but in terms of their leadership. I’m proud of what this accomplishment says about the way they developed into leaders of our program.”
McKee, a political science major from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was a five-time National Christian College Athletic Association All-American over the past two seasons, helping lead Azusa Pacific to a 2013 NCCAA indoor and outdoor national title sweep and third-place team finishes in the 2014 indoor and outdoor championships. In 2014, he recorded a career-best performance of 1:52.26 in his specialty, the 800 meters, and he also posted a season-best of 49.43 in the 400 meters. McKee was also a two-time NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.
Schulte, a psychology major from Torrance, California, was an eight-time NCCAA All-American the past two years, also leading last year’s national title sweep and this year’s top-three finishes. In 2014, his season-bests were 21.98 in the 200 meters and 48.16 in the 400 meters (both career-bests), along with a season-best long jump of 22-feet, 7-inches. Schulte was also a two-time NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.
To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America, 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 their current institution and be nominated by the school’s sports information director.
The other Division II Capital One Academic All-District recipients from District 8 were: Justin Ellerbee (Cal Poly Pomona), Sean Goetzl (Chico State), Phil Graber (Chico State), William Hilton (Cal State Stanislaus), Kellen Levy (UC San Diego), Clint Rosser (UC San Diego), Nicholas Sloggy (Chico State), and Justin Valdez (Dominican).