Honka Collects Fourth USTFCCCA All-Academic Honor; Handley, Nealey Also Honored

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

KINGSTON, R.I. - Ondrej Honka, Mahlik Handley, and Drew Nealey were all named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's All-Academic team.

For Honka, it was his third consecutive time being honored, and the fourth of his career. Handley and Nealey earned the accolade for the first time in their careers.

The first pole vaulter in Rhode Island history to qualify for the NCAA Regionals three times in his career, Honka graduated in 2017 with a degree in supply chain management with a 3.86 GPA. He is now enrolled in the MBA program and has cumulated a GPA of 3.73.

Handley graduated in 2018 with a degree in Kinesiology and a 3.75 GPA. He had a season-best 60.15 meter hammer throw at the IC4A's, qualifying for the NCAA's for the second time in his career.

Nealey took the decathlon crown at the Atlantic 10 Championship with a college-best 6683 points and owns a GPA of 3.32.

The three were among 624 men among Division I institutions to earn the recognition.

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one 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 on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
  • For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

To view the complete list of student-athletes recognized, click here.