USC Has 14 Athletes Named To Pac-12 All-Academic Teams

    June 9, 2016

    Jaide Stepter was named first team and Erika Peyton and Nick Ponzio second team to lead a group of 14 USC student-athletes named 2016 Pac-12 All-Academic for the track and field season it was announced by Commissioner Larry Scott today (June 9). To be selected, an athlete must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically, be a significant contributor and have completed at least one full academic year at the institutions.

    The senior Stepter, who earlier this season was named the Pac-12 Women’s Scholarw-Athlete of the Year, maintained a 3.84 GPA in Communications with a minor in Animation and Digital Arts. She also is a three-time Pac-12 Champion in the 400m IH and will be competing today in the semifinals of the event at the NCAA Championships.

    Peyton, a redshirt junior, has a 3.67 GPA in English, Creative Writing at USC. She finished fifth in the hammer throw at the Pac-12 Championships and has a best mark of 190-7.

    The sophomore Ponzio has a 3.60 GPA in Social Sciences and Psychology at USC. He finished fourth in the shot put at the Pac-12 Championships and earned second-team All-America honors in the event yesterday.

    Trojans that were named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention were: Kendall Ellis, Deanna Hill, Diego Lopez, Tera Novy, Madisen Richards, Madison Ricks, Will Robinson, David Sellens, Dominic Smallwood, Natasha Strickland and Jenna Tong.