UC Irvine standout thrower Itos Aikhionbare has been named 2013-14 All-Academic recognition by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assn.
Aikhionbare, a biological sciences major entering her senior year at UCI, finished 14th in the shot put and 16th in the discus throw at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in May.
She won both events at the Big West Conference Championships and was named the Big West Field Athlete of the Year.
Aikhionbare, the school-record holder in the shot put and discus, was recognized as UCI's Big West Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in March.
To qualify for the All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
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 Proof-of-Performance list provided by TFRRS.org.
For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
— From staff reports
New UCI additions
The UC Irvine men's soccer program has been bolstered by the addition of three former members of the Cal State Bakersfield program.
Keith Costigan will begin his first season as a UCI assistant coach after spending the last five seasons in the same position with the Roadrunners, while former Roadrunners players Eduardo "Lalo" Calzada and Mario Ortiz have also moved South and will don Anteaters uniforms this fall.
Calzado, a midfielder who started 15 matches last season, led Cal State Bakersfield with six goals and 14 points as a sophomore in 2013.
Ortiz, who had five assists and started 14 of the 18 matches he played in as a freshman in 2013, was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's preseason best list for 2014.
Costigan earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Assn. honors in 1999 and 2000 while playing at Cal State Bakersfield and he was all-region laurels in 2000, when he contributed 12 assists.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Costigan returned to Europe after college for a brief tenure with Luton Town in England before the A-League Portland Timbers came calling. During his two seasons in the Pacific Northwest, Costigan led the Timbers' in assists during the 2001 season and led the squad in minutes played the following year from his left back position. He trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy during the off-season, and concluded his professional career in 2004 with the Harrisburg (Pa.) City Islanders.
Costigan also works for Fox Soccer Channel, for which he began working in 2005 on the weekly call-in show "Fox Football Friday." HE later served as co-host of "Super Saturday Plus" alongside Nick Webster. He currently hosts "Super Sunday Plus," is a regular on the network's Barclays Premier League and Serie A telecasts and serves as a fill-in host on "Fox Football Fone-In."
He also contributes to the Foxsoccer.com website with his weekly rankings and is a regular contributor to the Kop magazine, a publication that sells in Europe and is aimed at fans of Liverpool F.C.
In addition to his work at Fox Sports, Costigan has coached club soccer for more than 10 years, including stints with the Bakersfield Gunners and the Pacific Coast Soccer Club in Santa Monica. He has also assisted the boys' team at Windward High in Los Angeles for the past four years, a program that has advanced to the CIF Southern Section playoffs every year of his tenure.
As a coach for the Chivas USA U18 Academy club, Costigan led them to the players most recently in 2013.