|Kate Griewisch Earns Academic All-America Honors|
|Written by LRU Sports Infomation|
|Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:54|
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Kate Griewisch has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Second Team for the Women's Track and Field and Cross Country College Division. The Academic All-American Teams are voted on by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).Griewisch, a rising senior from Banner Elk, N.C., is the sixth student-athlete in Lenoir-Rhyne history to earn Academic All-America honors. Griewisch is also the first L-R athlete to garner the accolades since Kathryn Phillips (volleyball) and Whitney Heavner (women's track and field and cross country) in 2006.
Griewisch became the first student-athlete in school history earn All-American honors in two different sports: women's cross country (2009 and 2010) and outdoor track and field (2011).
At the 2011 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships this past May in Turlock, Calif., Griewisch finished sixth out of 18 competitors in the women's 10,000-meter race with a school-record 34:21.
In women's cross country, Griewisch has won the past two Southeast Regional races (2009 and 2010) and finished first in the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Championship meet. A three-time First-Team All-SAC honoree (2008-10) in women's cross country, Griewisch led the Bears to back-to-back league titles in 2008 and 2009.
Griewisch has also been named the USTFCCCA Division II Women's Athlete of the Year for the Southeast Region in women's cross country (2009 and 2010) and indoor and outdoor track and field (2011).
An outstanding student as well, Griewisch carries a 3.81 grade point average while majoring in biology and is the two-time reigning South Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Of The Year.
Griewisch also won the 2010-11 President's Award last week. The SAC Presidents Award is the most prestigious honor the conference awards to its student-athletes. The award exemplifies the finest combined qualities of excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
2011 Capital One Academic All-America®
College Division Women’s Track & Cross Country Team
Morgan Achterhoff, Taylor, Sr., Orange City, Iowa, 4.00, Biology (Pre-Med)
Siu Nga Ching, Lindenwood, Jr., Kwai Chungi, Hong Kong, 3.86, Exercise Science
Funmi Adebayo, Worcester Polytechnic, Sr., Medfield, Mass., 3.90, Biomedical Engineering
Capital One Academic All-American of the Year: Shannon Gagne, New Haven
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