VCU, COOPWOOD CHASE DOWN ACADEMIC HONORS

RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Women's Track & Field program captured two Atlantic 10 Conference titles in 2018, but that doesn't mean the Rams are done winning. Now VCU is reaping rewards for its success off the track.

The Rams were named an All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week. Additionally, senior Olivia Coopwood (Fredericksburg, Va.) received a USTFCCCA individual academic honor.

In order to be named an All-Academic Team, a program must post a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better. VCU, under the direction of Coach Jon Riley, recorded a 3.17 GPA in 2017-18.

Coopwood, meanwhile, collected All-Academic Individual honors after registering a GPA of 3.25 or better while finishing the outdoor season ranked with the top 96 nationally in the 400-meter hurdles.

A transfer from Coastal Carolina, Coopwood set a school record when she clocked 59.53 seconds in the 400 hurdles at the A-10 Outdoor Championships on the way to individual gold. She later placed 38th at the NCAA East Preliminary.