CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams had eight Cavaliers named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, the organization announced on Thursday (July 16).

AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.), Owayne Owens (Montego Bay, Jamaica), Jordan Willis (Williamsburg, Va.), Sam Young (Lewes, Del.) and Ethan Zeh (Wayne Pa.) earned the honor from the men’s team, while Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.), Maya Maloney (Boise, Idaho) and Haley Yost (New Tripoli, Pa.) were named honorees from the women’s team.

Additionally, both the Virginia men’s and women’s teams were recognized as USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honorees.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA Track and Field All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and met athletic standard. 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

For a team to qualify, a squad must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 during the most recent grading period.