Franks, Pisechko Named Academic All-District

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In recognition of their standout efforts in the classroom, Nathanael Franks and Andrew Pisechko have been voted to the 2014-15 CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 First Team. This week’s honors also include Eric Janise being named to the 2015 SEC Track and Field Community Service Team.

Franks was recently named the 2014-15 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming Arkansas’ first male recipient of the prestigious honor. He is currently working toward his second master’s degree having earned his first in May 2014 in business management. Franks, a 2013 Second-Team All-American, qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with his season-best decathlon score of 7,343 points at last weekend’s SEC Championships.

Pisechko carries a 4.0 cumulative GPA while pursuing a degree in accounting. On the track, he was a 2014 USTFCCCA All-America First Team performer with the Razorbacks’ distance-medley relay and was recognized as the recipient of the 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award. Pisechko owns a personal-best time of 1:49.29 at 800 meters. The Webb City, Mo., native is a two-time member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.

As first-team selections, Franks and Pisechko are now placed on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Among the criteria to be eligible for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and have reached sophomore standing.

Janise is a member of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and will serve as the group’s secretary and treasurer during the 2015-16 academic year. Among his service projects, he participated in the Razorback Canned Food Drive, Children’s Fun Run and Lift Up America. Janise also carries a 3.42 GPA as an economics major. A two-time All-American on the track, he is part of the Razorbacks’ 4×400-meter relay that qualified for next weekend’s NCAA West Preliminary in Austin.

The No. 5 Razorback men return to competition May 28-20 at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin. The top-12 qualifiers in each event from the preliminary rounds advance to the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., which will host the nation’s best June 10-13 at Hayward Field.

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