KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island's Ondrej Honka has earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Honka, a junior, is one of 570 men from 161 Division I institutions to earn the recognition. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better while also meeting 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).
Honka has a 3.88 cumulative GPA in Supply Chain Management. He also participated in the first round of the NCAA Regional championships, placing 13th out of 48 in the pole vault. He just missed a trip to the national championships in Eugene, Ore. by one spot.
A native of Opava, Czech Republic, Honka will spend the next few weeks in Rio working as a volunteer at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was one of 50,000 volunteers accepted from a pool of more than 250,000 applicants. Honka will be working at the Olympic Stadium with the soccer and track & field athletes. He will be one of the supervisors tasked with tracking the scoring system and results of each of these Olympic events.