NEW ORLEANS - University of Alabama rising sophomore Hayden Reed was named the men's outdoor field events NCAA Division I Scholar Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the association announced this week.
The Orange, Texas, native is the first man from Alabama to have earned the award since its inception in 2007. A biology major with a 3.52 cumulative GPA, Reed claimed the outdoor field award after winning the discus title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also won the USA Track and Field Championships discus title last month.
"Obviously, we are very proud of Hayden Reed for what he has accomplished in competition and in the classroom," said Crimson Tide head coach Dan Waters. "Hayden is an excellent example of the level of performance and commitment that we want all of our student-athletes to achieve. He's also a great example of the mission of our athletics department - to compete at the highest level athletically and in life after graduation. Hayden is well on his way to fulfilling that mission."
This latest honor ranks Reed as the top outdoor field events student-athlete among the 496 men who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in 2013-14. Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner.
Reed's honor highlighted outstanding academic and athletic performances by the Crimson Tide during the 2014 track and field season. He joined teammates Joe Williams (4.00 in civil engineering), Kamal Fuller (3.39 in civil engineering) and Matt Airola (3.28 in general studies) from the men's team and Nia Barnes (4.00 in Telecommunication and Film-Media Production), Alex Gholston (4.00 in Pre-Major Studies), Merilyn Uudmae (4.00 in Marketing), Katelyn Greenleaf (3.85 in Nutrition), Lacey Dent (3.82 in Human Development), Quanesha Burks (3.80 in Elementary Education), Autumn Conn (3.76 in Psychology) and Sarah Thomas (3.68 in Exercise Sports Science) from the women's squad as USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, an honor highlighting the top scholar-athletes in the sport.