“We are really proud of all of the off-field accomplishments,” head coach Bill Webb said. “We are especially proud of this one for their academic accomplishments. We had 24 student-athletes earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher this semester. These three guys have just been outstanding students as well as outstanding on the track and great leaders. We couldn’t be prouder for these deserving awards.
Helwick, a senior from Greeley, Colo., was named to the first team behind the strength of a 3.72 GPA in economics. He makes his second appearance on the Academic All-America team after earning second-team honors last season. The team captain placed sixth in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to bring home his seventh All-America certificate on the track. Last weekend, he finished seventh in the decathlon at the USA Outdoor Championships and earned a spot on Team USA for the USA vs. Germany Decathlon Championships to be held later this summer. Helwick was named to the 2006 USTFCCCA All-Academic team and is a three-time SEC Honor Roll selection.
Addy earned second-team honors behind his 3.52 GPA in journalism/electronic media. The junior from Norcross, Ga., earned his first All-America certificate on the track with his third-place finish in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He recorded a personal-best score of 7,808 points at the national championship meet that ranks seventh on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the decathlon. The team captain also won the SEC championship in the heptathlon indoors with a personal-best score of 5,688 that ranks fourth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event, and took top honors in the decathlon at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Addy was named to the 2006 USTFCCCA All-Academic team and is a three-time SEC Honor Roll selection.
Day, a senior from Springfield, Va., finished his collegiate career with a 3.90 GPA in sport management to make the third team. He ran the opening leg on Tennessee’s SEC champion and school record-breaking distance medley relay teams and finished third in the championship section of the steeplechase at the Penn Relays to qualify for the Mideast Regional for the fourth straight year. Day was awarded co-Most Valuable Runner at the team’s cross country banquet. He was named to the 2006 USTFCCCA All-Academic team and is a three-time SEC Honor Roll selection.
Helwick is Tennessee’s fourth track and field/cross country athlete to earn first team CoSIDA Academic All-America acclaim. He is the first Vol since Jamie Barnes in 1991-92 to by honored by CoSIDA in consecutive years and the first Vol to be named to the first team since Stewart Ellington in 1995. The Vols have nine total first, second or third team Academic All-America honors that have been earned by seven athletes since 1991, with five of the honors coming in the past two seasons.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information