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Kiser takes academic honor
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/31/2012
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MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho sophomore distance runner Hannah Kiser was selected on Thursday as a Capital One Academic All-District honoree for the first time in her career.

Kiser, who had a breakout year in cross country and indoor track and field in 2011-12, was voted to the District 7 First Team and will now move on to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot.

A Second-Team All-America honoree in indoor track and field and an NCAA qualifier in cross country who broke one school record and three Western Athletic Conference records this season in addition to her three WAC titles and four First-Team All-WAC honors, Kiser holds a 4.0 grade-point average as a double-major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Idaho.

“She is as dedicated and as successful academically as she is athletically,” said Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps. “Academics is always her first priority and for her to be a double-major with a 4.0 GPA and be competing and training all year round is just an incredible accomplishment.”

In the fall, Kiser led the Vandal women to their second-consecutive WAC team cross country crown with a runner-up finish at the WAC Championships. She was a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-West Region honoree after finishing 13th at the NCAA West Region Championships.

After finishing 85th at her first career NCAA Cross Country Championship, Kiser was also selected as a USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic honoree.

Kiser carried that momentum into indoor track and field, where she broke Idaho school record and the WAC all-time record in the 3000m with a time of 9:07.23 during the season. At the WAC Indoor Championships, she ran the anchor leg of Idaho’s champion distance medley relay that ran a WAC meet-record 11:41.67, then followed it up with a meet-record 9:45.11 to win the 3000m and an individual title in the mile run, for good measure.

She was an automatic NCAA qualifier for Idaho in the 3000m, where she finished 13th and was honored as a USTFCCCA Second-Team All-American in the event.

On the eve of her NCAA Indoor Championships race, Kiser also learned that she had been selected as a 2012 IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Summer Fellow. The program, funded by a National Institutes of Health grant, is a 10-week fellowship that allows undergraduate students to work full-time in biomedical research facilities in the state of Idaho.

Kiser redshirted the 2012 outdoor track and field season.

Capital One Academic All-District honors are nominated and voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore standing both academically and athletically, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.

Academic All-America teams will be announced later in June.
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