|USTFCCA Honors Kiser|
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) announced its 2013 cross country Division I All-Academic selections on Friday and named senior Hannah Kiser among its honorees along with the 2013 women’s team.
To earn the honor, a student-athlete must hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25, and must either finish as an All-America or among the top 16 finishers (or 10 percent) in their regional meet.
Kiser, a senior from Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee HS), finished 16th at the NCAA West Regionals and took first at the WAC Cross Country Championships. She is studying biochemistry and has a cumulative GPA of 3.94.
“Hannah won her second consecutive WAC individual title and second consecutive athlete of the year award, while earning a 3.94 in biochemistry.” Director of track & field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “She is a perfect example of the term student-athlete and at the very highest level.”
The Idaho women’s team placed first in the WAC with a cumulative GPA of 3.62. Aside from being the first ranked team in the WAC, the women also ranked 12th in the nation among 217 qualified women’s programs that complied a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
“The team’s success falls in line with the ideals and philosophies of our program, department and institution – being a successful student and athlete are not mutually exclusive and one does not preclude the other,” Phipps. “Winning a fourth consecutive title, having the top GPA in the WAC and 12th in the nation, I’m not sure you can ask much more of your athletes.”
For more information about the USTFCCCA All-Academic program, as well as a full list of honorees, visit www.ustfccca.org