|Two Vandals Nationally Honored|
TOWSON, Md.—University of Idaho seniors Hannah Kiser and Alycia Butterworth were voted Capital One Academic All-Americans, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.
Of the 15 athletes named to the First Team on Thursday, Kiser’s 3.94 biochemistry GPA ranks second behind the seven athletes with a 4.00.
The native of Wenatchee, Washington, became the first woman in WAC outdoor track history to win the 1,500-, 5,000- and 10,000m races on her way to becoming the Women’s Outstanding Track Performer of the Year at the 2014 Championships. She is a two-time WAC individual cross country champion, helping her team to four straight conference titles. Kiser is a three-time conference indoor 3,000m champion and two-time USTFCCCA All-American in the event. In her time at Idaho, Kiser has never lost a race at an Indoor or Outdoor WAC Championship and her team has never lost at a WAC cross country championship.
Butterworth, an eight-time Western Athletic Conference All-Academic selection, was big piece of the four-straight WAC Championships won by the women’s cross country team. The Parksville, British Columbia native, holds a 3.91 GPA in marketing. Butterworth was a three-time WAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week in 2014. She ran the fastest 3000m steeplechase time in the WAC, sixth fastest in the West Region and ranked 16th in the NCAA. The three-time NCAA steeplechase quarterfinalist, won the 2014 WAC steeplechase title and scored bronze in the women’s 5000m. Butterworth scored the bronze in the 2014 Indoor 5000m and ran the seventh fastest mile in the conference. In her career she has earned 10 First Team All-WAC selections and three Second Team honors.
Butterworth is one of nine non-Americans to be included on the list of 45 honorees between the three teams.
Kiser and Butterworth become the second and third Vandals in to earn the national honor in 2014. They join former Vandal, Alyssa Charlston, who was named to the Division I Women’s Basketball Second Team in February. In all, Idaho has earned 28 Academic All-America honors since 1970.
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 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.