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DeValve, Wheeler Make USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

July 24, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jacob DeValve (left) and Kyle Wheeler both won Big South titles in 2012. DeValve was the Big South decathlon champion, while Wheeler swept the indoor and outdoor men's high jump crowns.

2012 USTFCCCA Division I Men's All-Academic Track & Field Team

For the fifth consecutive year, multiple members of the Liberty men's track & field squad have earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors. Jacob DeValve and Kyle Wheeler are both part of the 2012 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Track & Field Team.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

DeValve, a redshirt sophomore from Manchester, Conn., boasts a 3.94 cumulative GPA as a religion major. His best meet of the year was the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where he won the decathlon, finished fifth in the javelin and placed sixth in the shot put. DeValve, who made the Big South All-Academic Team for men's outdoor track & field, also took fifth place in the shot put at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

A native of Wilson, Texas, Wheeler finished his freshman year with a 3.43 GPA in finance. He was voted the Big South Men's Freshman of the Year for both indoor and outdoor track & field. At the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, Wheeler won the high jump while placing third in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.

Wheeler high jumped 7-1 to win at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, setting a meet record and tying the outdoor school record in the process. Wheeler, who also finished fifth in the Big South outdoor long jump competition, high jumped at the IC4A and NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meets to end his freshman campaign.