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Women's Track: Three Academic All-Americans


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
June 23, 2011 10:01 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three West Virginia University track and field student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today.

Junior Sarah-Anne Brault was named to the second team, while senior teammates Keri Bland and April Rotilio earned third team honors.

Brault, who holds a 3.96 grade point average in economics, finished the 10,000-meter run in 10th place at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native won the Silver medal at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with a personal-best time of 34:04.63. Brault competed at the Canadian World Cross Country Trials in 2010, earning eighth place.

Bland, who hails from Fairview, W.Va., holds a degree in mathematics and secondary education and is currently working on a master’s degree in secondary education with a 3.80 GPA. Bland finished 18th overall in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Championships after setting a season-best time of 4:19.82 at the NCAA Regional, good enough for fifth place. She is the first female at WVU to earn all-America honors in three sports in the same year as she did so in cross country, indoor and outdoor track in 2008. The four-year captain closed out her career with nine all-American honors. Brault and Bland are BIG EAST Academic All-Stars and were named USTFCCCA all-academic honorees.

Rotilio, currently a doctoral student of physical therapy through the school of medicine, holds a GPA of 3.83. The Bellaire, Ohio, native finished 19th overall in the 400-meter dash preliminary round at the NCAA Championships. The All-America honor earned at the NCAA Outdoor Championships was the third of her career. She set a personal-best time in the event at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships as she won the Gold medal in 52.71. She currently holds the school record for the 400-meter dash, both indoor and outdoor, and the outdoor 500-meter dash.

Brault, Bland and Rotilio join WVU student-athletes Nicco Campriani, Andy Lamson, Liz Repella and Rachel Viglianco in earning academic All-America honors in 2010-11.



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