Cross Country: Five Named Academic All-District

  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • May 31, 2012 06:31 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Five members of the West Virginia cross country and track and field teams were honored by CoSIDA to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District team Thursday afternoon.

The Mountaineers were represented by seniors Kate Harrison, Ahna Lewis and Kaylyn Christopher and juniors Kaitlyn Gillespie and Sarah-Anne Brault. The five were listed on the District Two team for the NCAA Division I level, with a total of eight districts spread throughout the country.

“What an honor for these young ladies to represent the state, university and themselves in such an excellent manner,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “It is a testament to the student-athletes that WVU can produce. Between this group are seven All-America honors, four Top 10 national finishes and many other accolades.”

Harrison, a graduate exercise physiology student with a 4.0 GPA, is coming off an excellent cross country season in which she finished in eighth place at the 2011 NCAA Championship for All-America honors, the best finish at the event in school history. The Toronto, Ontario, native also earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-BIG EAST honors with her respective fifth- and third-place finishes. She was twice named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week in 2011 and came in seventh place in the 10,000-meter run at the BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

A Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, native, Gillespie earned a 4.0 GPA in exercise physiology. Before sitting out the majority of the 2012 indoor season and all of the outdoor season, she earned her second cross country All-America honor in 2011 with a 27th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. She also earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-BIG EAST honors with seventh-place finishes at each race and place second in two other races during the year.

Christopher, a Kingwood, W.Va., native, earned a 4.0 GPA as a graduate secondary education major. During the 2011 cross country season, she earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors with a 25th place finish at the race and had three other Top 25 finishes at other races during the season before participating in the NCAA Championship. For track and field, she placed 14th in the 5,000-meter run at the BIG EAST Championships during the outdoor season and was a member of the 4x800 relay at BIG EAST during the indoor season.

Brault, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, owns a 3.92 GPA as a double major in finance and economics. Redshirting the 2012 indoor and outdoor track season to try to earn a spot on the Canadian national triathlon team for the London Olympics, she performed well during the 2011 cross country season for All-BIG EAST and All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors. She came in 11th place at BIG EAST and eighth place at the Mid-Atlantic Regional before finishing 68th at the NCAA Championship.

The 2011 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner for women’s cross country and BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete, Lewis was named to the Academic All-District list by way of her 4.0 GPA as a graduate secondary education major. The Morgantown native placed 19th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional to earn all-region honors and had two Top 20 finishes on the year before competing at the NCAA Championship. On the track, she placed ninth in the 10,000-meter run at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships.

Bucknell’s Caroline Tolli, Louisville’s Holly Knight and Villanova’s Sheila Reid and Alex Banfich were also named to the District Two list.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America team will be named following the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which run from June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.


Sean Cleary, WVU track and field, WVU cross country

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