June 27, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have honored Minnesota men’s track and field thrower Quentin Mege as a 2013 Capital One First Team Academic All-American, the organization announced on Thursday. The recognition marks Mege's second Academic All-America honor after earning third team accolades in 2012.
A product of Chelles, France, Mege's accomplishments in the classroom rival his athletic achievements as the senior boasted a 3.92 grade point average as an undergraduate studying mechanical engineering. Mege enrolled in graduate school in his final season with the Maroon and Gold in 2013.
The 2013 Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Medal of Honor winner opened the outdoor season in dramatic fashion, breaking his own school record with a throw of 221-05 ft. (67.49 meters) to earn an individual title at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. The mark stands as the best throw in the Big Ten this season and the seventh best performance in the nation.
The senior was hampered for most of the season by a broken hand but returned to finish second at the Big Ten Championships behind teammate Micah Hegerle - the duo have now combined for four-straight conference titles with Mege earning Big Ten titles in 2011 and 2012. The Second Team All-Big Ten selection qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and finished second with a toss of 217-07 ft., earning Mege a trip to the NCAA Championships.
At the national meet, Mege was awarded his second career All-America distinction, earning second team honors after placing 13th among the NCAA’s best. Mege also represented the Gophers earlier this month at the 2013 U.S. Track and Field Championships, finishing 14th. Because Mege holds dual citizenship between the U.S. and France, he will also compete at the French national trials in July.
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