June 3, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - A pair of Tulane track and field athletes were honored on Wednesday (June 2) as Conference USA announced their 2010 Track and Field All-Academic Teams. Sophomore distance runner Michael Mainguy and senior long jump/triple jumper Nicolette Taku were each named to their respective squads for their achievements in the classroom and on the track.
"We are very proud of the academic accomplishments of all of our student-athletes, but to have these two individuals standout among some high-achieving student-athletes is very impressive," said Tulane head coach Eric Peterson. "Michael (Mainguy) and Nicolette (Taku) both take pride in the way they represent our program in competition and during their day-to-day lives in this competitive academic environment that we live in. They are really impressive young people and this recognition is well deserved."
Mainguy earns his second All-Academic selection of the season, also earning the accolade during the Cross Country season, with a 3.92 GPA after four semesters in Tulane's chemistry program. The sophomore was named the Tulane Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the annual Tulane Green Wave Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. He has also earned Conference USA Commissioners Honor Roll laurels during each of his years Uptown and has been a member Tulane's 3.0 Club twice.
The Brookline, Mass. native held some of the team top times in the 3000-meter and 5000-meter events this season. Mainguy held the second fastest time in the 5000-meter with a 16:28.30 showing at the Seminole Invitational and had the fourth fastest 3000-meter time with a 9:28.30 mark at the South Alabama/Louisiana-Lafayette Tri Meet.
Taku earned her first All-Academic honor from Conference USA after setting a career-best in the triple jump during the outdoor season. The senior carried a 3.822 GPA during her time on campus and completed her undergraduate course work in Public Health this spring. She earned the prestigious Tulane 34 Award, given to 34 outstanding undergraduate and graduate/professional schools students from throughout Tulane University, who have distinguished themselves during their collegiate life at Tulane.
The Baton Rouge, La. native set a personal best in the triple jump this season, while narrowly missing a career leap in the long jump. Taku set the career mark at the South Alabama/Louisiana-Lafayette Tri Meet in March with a 12.45-meter leap. She posted a season-best jump of 5.52-meters at the same competition, missing her career mark by 0.01-meters.