PITTSBURGH -- It was a strong year for Point Park University men's track and field in the classroom with eight team members earning a spot on the conference's academic team and two of those earning NAIA academic honors.

Leading the Pioneers in the classroom this year were senior Alex Garbini and sophomore Bradley Calleja, who both achieved the status of NAIA-Daktronics Men's Track & Field Scholar-Athlete. That is for junior and seniors who have a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. Garbini has a 3.57 GPA in human resource managment, and Calleja has a 3.94 GPA in accounting. Calleja is ahead on his credits with junior status academically.

Those two are also on the River States Conference Men's Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Team, which is for those who have a 3.25 GPA or above, compete in an RSC championship sport and have been at their school for at least one full year. The Pioneers had eight team members earn a spot on that honor roll, which ranked second in the RSC. There were 31 in the conference who made the list overall.

Joining Garbini and Calleja on the RSC Scholar-Athlete Team were senior Chris Hunt (3.44) and sophomores Bryan Partika (3.48), Andre Lowery (3.30), Nick Kasisky (3.45), Andre Bennett (4.00) and Keith Tucker (3.55). The Pioneers track team is in just its third year of existence, so there still are not many juniors or seniors in the program to achieve the NAIA academic honor. 

For more information on the NAIA and RSC academic awardees, click the links below.

NAIA Release  |  RSC Release