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    Ajomale named DII Track Athlete of the Year

    Earlier this month, the redshirt sophomore defended his 60m title at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships

    After earning West Region Track Athlete of the Year award, then National Championships in both the 60m and 200m at Indoor Nationals on March 11, Mobolade Ajomale became the first male athlete in program history to be named NCAA Division II Indoor Men’s Track Athlete of the Year after an announcement by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on March 14. 

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    Men's Cross Country Takes 11th at NCAA Nationals

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    Men’s cross country team at NCAA Nationals. Photo by Jennifer Tavé.

    In a fitting end to the best men’s cross country season in Academy of Art University history, the Urban Knights finished 11th overall, the highest ever by a Pacific West Conference team and four spots ahead of their projection, at the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championships on Nov. 19.

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    Mobolade Ajomale, Team Canada 4x100 Take Bronze in Rio Olympics

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    Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale was awarded a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Courtesy of ART U Athletics.

    Ajomale helped his team secure a place in the finals, with the third fastest time in Canadian history

    In the final event on the penultimate night of track & field action at the 2016 Olympic Games on August 19, Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale and Team Canada earned bronze medals following an inspired performance in the 4x100m relay.

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    Hello, Urban Knights!

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    Academy of Art University Director of Athletics Ben Jay. Photo by James Wood.

    Welcome Academy of Art University students to the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester!

    For new students, it’s the beginning of your journey at the Academy, and for continuing students, welcome back as you pursue your craft with passion and enthusiasm. You are all now and forever will be the Academy’s Urban Knights!

    I am the new Director of Athletics at the Academy. I come to the Academy with 26 years of college athletics experience at Fairfield University, the Pacific-10 (now Pac-12) Conference, Ohio State University, and most recently, the University of Hawaii. I am very excited to come back to San Francisco to lead ART U Athletics.

    The Academy is a very unique educational institution. Out of 1,281 institutions, we are the only art school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). n II intercollegiate sport teams and 225 ART U student-athletes.

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    Mobolade Ajomale Qualifies for Rio 2016

    The Urban Knight accomplishes a personal best at the Canadian Track & Field Championships and Rio Selection Trials

    Mobolade Ajomale First Olympian (by Rachael Smith)

    Mobolade Ajomale is Academy of Art University’s first-ever Olympian. Photo by Rachael Smith.

    The “Road to Rio” begins here.

    Breaking further ground in a historic freshman season, Mobolade Ajomale became Academy of Art University’s first Olympian with an incredible personal best in the 100m dash at the Canadian Track & Field Championships and Rio Selection Trials on July 9.

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    Ben Jay Named New Director of Athletics

    With over 25 years of experience, the “national leader in collegiate athletics” is looking forward to taking teams to championships in the PacWest

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    Ben Jay. Photo courtesy of Art U Athletics.

    Academy of Art University Athletics and President Dr. Elisa Stephens have announced the appointment of Ben Jay as the department’s Director of Athletics. Jay, who brings over 25 years of collegiate athletics experience and was most recently Director of Athletics at the University of Hawaii, will be handed the baton from Senior Advisor of Athletics Terry Tumey, who departs Academy of Art to become director of Athletics at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps.

    “Ben is a national leader in collegiate athletics,” said Tumey. “From his background with University of Hawaii, the Pac-10 Conference and The Ohio State University, we are both confident and honored to have him guide us into this next chapter of Academy of Art University Athletics.”

    At the start of 2013, Ben Jay was formally introduced as the University of Hawaii’s Athletics Director where he would oversee 145 staff members and coaches along with the nearly 500 student-athletes who competed for the Rainbow Warriors’ 21 sports. 

     

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