Official USTFCCCA Release
Aug. 3, 2011– The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its All-Academic Team for 2010-2011 on Wednesday with a record 10 North Central College women’s track & field athletes earning the honor.
Lauren Brightmore, Michelle Criscione and Melissa Savino all claim the honor for the fourth straight season while Carolyn Kalafut earns her third All-Academic honor. Amanda Laesch wins the honor for the second consecutive season while Chelsea Armstrong, Kala Bingham, Krista Cota, Amanda Marek and Jocelyn Redlinski earn All-Academic standing for the first time in their careers.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either the NCAA Division III Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.
A total of 328 student-athletes from 102 institutions were honored as All-Academic, including 24 from the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Illinois Wesleyan University had six individuals honored while Augustana College and Wheaton College each had four student-athletes earn All-Academic status.
North Central’s 10 honorees was the fifth highest tally, behind only Wartburg College (13), Williams College (12), University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (11) and Ithaca College (11). The Cardinals total eclipses the team’s previous high of eight honorees, accomplished during the 2008-2009 academic year. North Central had six individuals earn the award in 2009-2010.