NEW ORLEANS, La. - The University of Akron track and field program reaped the rewards for its efforts during the outdoor campaign this season as six Zips garnered United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America citations following the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past week.
Collecting first-team recognition for the Zips was sophomore Matt Ludwig (Chardon, Ohio), senior Nikki Manson (Glasgow, Scotland) and juniors Terrell McClain (Youngstown, Ohio) and Jackie Siefring (Covington, Ohio).
"Having four first-team All-Americans and one second team member this spring is a great honor for our program and tribute to the dedication of these student-athletes," Akron head track and field coach Dennis Mitchell commented. "All-American is a big deal in our sport. They will be forever known as All-Americans."
Overall during the 2017 Indoor and Outdoor campaigns, the Zips combined to boast 10 first- or second-team All-America citations.
Ludwig captured his first-ever NCAA Outdoor title on June 7, at the NCAA Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore., surpassing 18-4.50 (5.60m) to win the ninth national championship in program history, including the fifth for an Akron pole vaulter.
Manson garnered first-team recognition in the women's high jump, placing fifth at the NCAA Championship on June 10 with a career-best mark of 6-0.75 (1.85m).
McClain was recognized as a first-team All-American for the second time in his Zips' career after finishing fourth in the men's long jump with a leap of 25-7.25 (7.80m) on June 7.
Siefring capped a stellar outdoor campaign for the Zips finishing fifth in the women's heptathlon at the NCAA Championship on June 10 with a seven-event cumulative score of 5,663, to collect first-team All-America accolades for the initial time in her career.
Jagers was tabbed as a second-team All-America honoree after placing 16th in the men's discus at the NCAA Championship on June 9 with a throw of 182-10 (55.72m).
Stine was recognized for the Zips with honorable mention All-America status in the men's high jump.
Earlier this season, Akron garnered five All-America citations at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Freshman Lucy Bryan (Bristol, England) Ludwig and McClain earned first-team honors in the women's pole vault, men's pole vault and men's long jump, respectively, while Manson and Siefring were tabbed as second-team selections in the women's high jump and women's pentathlon.
As a team, Akron placed 17th in the men's outdoor competition with 15 points, while finishing tied for 32nd place tallying eight points in the women's field.