June 4, 2012
Fresh off earning Academic All-Big Ten honors, junior Quentin Mege has added another academic accolade to his growing list of awards.
Mege, the Gophers all-time record holder in the hammer and the 2012 Big Ten champion in that event, has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's Track/Cross Country All-District first team.
A product of Chelles, France, Mege owns and impressive 3.94 GPA in mechanical engineering in addition to his competitive exploits.
Mege, who owns eight of the Gophers' top 10 hammer throws this season, has yet to finish outside the top five in any competition this season. In addition to winning the Big Ten title with a school-record toss of 220-1, Mege has placed second at the NCAA West Preliminary, first at the Iowa Musco Twilight and third at the Drake Relays.
He will go for an NCAA outdoor title later this week in Des Moines on Friday.
The Capital One Academic All-District Men's Track/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
The Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
2012 Academic All-District Men's Track/Cross Country Team
District 6 (AR, IA, LA, MN, MO, MS, ND, SD, WI)
Peter Bolgert, Marquette
Lane Boyer, Arkansas
Brent Collins, SE Missouri State
Arran Davis, South Dakota State
Cullen Doody, Louisiana State
Brett Egan, Northern Iowa
Elliot Krause, Wisconsin
Quentin Mege, Minnesota
Jeff Mettler, South Dakota
Erik Sowinski, Iowa Alex Zisser, SE Missouri State
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