Three receive CSC Academic All-America® Track & Field/Cross Country honors

South Dakota
Austin, Texas-Marshall Faurot, a fifth-year senior from South Dakota, was selected to the third team in men's track and field in the Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Communicators (formerly CoSIDA) on Wednesday morning.

Faurot is the 59th Coyote to earn Academic All-America status in any sport. South Dakota's 59 Academic All-Americans have earned a combined 75 honors. The track and field program has earned 21 honors in the last 20 years.

A native of Scott City, Kansas, Faurot graduated last May with a degree in kinesiology and sports management. He has a 3.75 GPA and is currently working on his Master of Business Administration at USD's Beacom School of Business.

Faurot was selected to the All-America first team in the men's pole vault at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. He placed eighth indoors with a height of 17-8 ½ (5.40 m) and eighth outdoors with a height of 17-7 ¼ (5.37 m).

Faurot was also the 2024 Summit League Male Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor and outdoor seasons. He won Summit titles in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors and achieved a personal best of 18-1 ¼ (5.52 m) at the Summit League Indoor Championships. For this performance, he was recognized by the Summit League as the championship's Most Outstanding Athlete. He has won the Summit League title four times in his career.

Academic All-America teams are nominated and voted on by the institutions' sports information directors. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a grade point average above 3.50 and be in the top 50 in their region at an event.

State of South Dakota
South Dakota State's Daniel Burkhalter and Hunter Wallster were named the top men's Academic All-Americans in track and field and cross country on Wednesday by College Sports Communicators (CSC), an award that recognizes student-athletes for outstanding achievements in the classroom and in competition.

Both Burkhalter and Wallster were named to the Academic All-America Second Team. Burkhalter is a repeat selection as he was named to the Third Team last season. This is the first time since 2004 that the program has had two Academic All-America selections in the same year. Wednesday's announcement brings SDSU's total number of Academic All-American student-athletes to five for the 2023-24 season and 110 overall.

Daniel Burkhalter – Gr., Prairie City, South Dakota – 3.95 undergraduate GPA in statistics, 4.0 graduate GPA in data science
Hunter Wallster – Sr., Estevan, SK, Canada – 4.0 GPA in Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 4.0 GPA in Master of Mechanical Engineering

Burkhalter finished sixth at the Summit League Cross Country Championship last fall, helping the Jackrabbits to their eighth consecutive league title. He finished 22nd at the Midwest Regional, giving the Jacks a fifth-place finish as a team. On the track, Burkhalter is in the top five in program history in four events and ranks 10th all-time in the 800-meter indoor run.

Wallster was the Summit League outdoor hammer throw champion and indoor weight throw runner-up last spring. He earned all-conference honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Wallster is SDSU's all-time record holder in the hammer throw and third all-time in the weight throw.


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