Six Spartans named to National All-Academic Track and Field Team. 

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Six Michigan State track and field student-athletes were named to the 2007 United States Track and Field and Cross County Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team on Thursday. Included in the list of Spartans was Alissa McKaig, Anna Coster, Lisa Senakiewich, Melinda Buckmater, Sarah Price and Taren James. 

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, one must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and obtain an NCAA automatic or provisional-qualifying mark for the most recent indoor championships or an outdoor regional-qualifying mark in their respective event. 415 student-athletes representing 117 Division I colleges and universities make up the All-Academic team.  

Sophomore Alissa McKaig recorded a 16:20.70 in the 5,000-meter run at the Drake Relays (4/28) to qualify for the Mideast Regional Meet. At the Regional Meet, she missed automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships by two places, after a seventh-place finish, but received an at-large bid. She recorded a 16:21.66 at the Championships, her second-best time of the season.
 Graduate student Anna Coster provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pentathlon when she scored 3,806 points at the Big Ten Indoor Championships (2/24).   

Lisa Senakiewich ran in her first Regional Meet during the 2007 track season. The junior distance runner qualified for the Mideast Regionals at the EMU Invitational (4/21) where she topped the field of 1,500-meter runners with a time of 4:24.02. 

Senior javelin thrower Melinda Buckmaster nabbed an NCAA-regional qualifying mark during the outdoor season during her first meet of the year, the Colonial Relays (4/6), with a toss of 44.30 meters (145-4). She finished 2007 with five qualifying marks and a 10th-place finish at the Mideast Regionals when she threw 43.79 meters (143-8). 

Steeplechaser Sarah Price advanced to the Mideast Regionals when she ran a 10:46.20 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Spartan Invitational (4/14). Each race she competed in during the 2007 outdoor season she recorded a new personal-best time, including her fourth-place finish (10:22.17) at the Mideast Regionals, which earned her an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.  

Rounding out the list is graduate student Taren James. The triple jumper competed in her fourth Mideast Regionals this season, reaching the qualifying mark with a leap of 12.45 meters (41-1 1/2) at the EMU Invitational (4/14).