Sam Bombaugh holding one of his conference medals after one of his two indoor throwing titles.
May 30, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville track and field's Sam Bombaugh has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The honor, which was announced Thursday, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Bombaugh, a political science major, makes up one of just 11 spots on the NCAA Division I District 2 Team, which encompasses student-athletes from the states of Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-America honorees will be selected in June. The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographical districts across the United States and Canada.
The Falmouth, Mass., native currently has a 3.88 cumulative grade-point average and, in addition to being a member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team, has earned the Dean's Scholar award multiple times. Last year, Bombaugh was named to the 2012 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
Athletically, Bombaugh has flourished this year. Last week, he earned a spot to compete at the national championships in the hammer throw. The junior captured three conference titles this season, including both indoor throwing titles. Named the 2013 BIG EAST Indoor Men's Field Athlete of the Meet, he became the first athlete in the conference's 30-plus-year history to win the indoor shot put and weight throw titles in the same meet. During the outdoor season, he broke the school's 20-year-old hammer throw record and he won the BIG EAST title in the event in early May.
Next week, Bombaugh and two of his teammates will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet is scheduled for June 5-8 and will be held at Oregon University's Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.