Three Earn All-District Honors


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
June 02, 2011 02:28 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s track and field and cross country teams had three representatives named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today.

Seniors Keri Bland and April Rotilio and junior Sarah-Anne Brault highlighted the first team, matching Bucknell for the most university representatives on the first team.

Bland, who is pursuing a master’s degree in secondary education with a 3.80 grade point average, earned the honor after becoming the first female at WVU to earn All-America honors in three sports in the same year, including cross country, indoor and outdoor track. The Fairview, W.Va., native owns eight All-American honors and advances this week to the NCAA Championships where she will compete in the 1,500-meter run. Bland recorded a season-best time of 4:19.82 at the NCAA Regional to advance to the national competition.

Rotilio has a degree in exercise physiology and is currently earning a doctorate of physical therapy through the School of Medicine. She won a title at the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter dash and will compete at the NCAA Championships in the event after finishing in the top 10 at the NCAA Regional. The Bellaire, Ohio, native holds the school record in the 400-meter dash for both indoor and outdoor and holds two All-America honors.

Brault holds the second-highest grade point average of the first team members in District II with a 3.96 GPA in economics. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native earned a silver medal at the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the 10,000-meter run. She went on to earn a personal best time of 33:51.14 in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Regional in order to advance to the NCAA Championships.

All three honorees will advance on to the national ballot and become eligible for academic all-America honors.

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West Virginia University Mountaineers, NCAA women's track


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