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Jackson track and field has 27 athletes earn Academic All-State

Jackson 2022 graduate Layla Fliege was one of the track and field team's 27 Academic All-State selections. Photo by Jay Forness

Following a successful 2022 spring campaign on the track and field, Jackson also had plenty of standouts in the classroom.

Between both the girls and the boys team, the Indians combined for a total of 27 Academic All-State selections. Athletes can only be nominated by their head coach, who must be a member of the MTCCCA.

Other criteria to be named academic all-state includes having competed in a postseason meet, such as districts, sectionals or state. Academically, athletes must meet one of the following criteria: 25 or higher on the ACT, 1150 or higher on the SAT, or a 3.6 cumulative grade point average (non-rounded and non-weighted) at the end of the fall semester for cross country or the spring semester for track and field.

Here are the 27 Jackson track and field athletes named academic all-state: Gavin Alspaugh, Megan Berger, Andrew Boyd, Brooklyn Burgess, Blake Cain, Anna-Jane Callis, Kimmora Ca-rothers, Nolan Chrusciel, Kael Coffey, Josie Davis, Keller Drum, Layla Fliege, Lydia Golinski, Emerson Gross, Layne Gross, Addie Heisserer, Dru Herring, Evan Kiefer, Grace Kurtz, Conner Matthews, Cade McCadams, Maite Higuera-Mendez, Gracie Metzger, Mallorie Metzger, Felicity Pingkian, Carter Strickland and Dakota Wahlers.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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