Friday, December 24, 2010

McGlynn leads Grizzly-dominated Academic All-RMAC squads

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Led by Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Runner of the Year Kristen McGlynn (Bailey, Colo.), the Adams State College women's cross country team had the top three and four of the top five vote getters on the Grizzly dominated Academic All-RMAC squads, announced by conference officials Wednesday.

McGlynn, the only unanimous selection, was joined on the 7-member First Team Academic All-RMAC squad by teammates Cassie Mitchell (Tustin, Calif.), Addison LeMaster (Tulia, Texas) and Alicia Nelson (Craig, Colo.).  Lindsey Grasmick (Fowler, Colo.) also earned Academic All-RMAC accolades with honor roll status.

None of the 12 other RMAC schools who sponsor women's cross country had more than one first team selection.

The Grizzly men also had two first team and four overall selections.

To be eligible for the awards, a student-athlete must have had a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher going into the cross country season, up from the previous requirement of 3.20, be a starter or reserve and completed at least two semesters at their current institution.

This was the fourth year in the sport of cross country when sports information directors at the RMAC institutions that sponsor the sport selected first and second teams. These SID's took into account the student-athletes work in the classroom and on the course. In previous years, all student athletes that met the minimum criteria simply received an honor roll award.

The Grizzly women, who also received the NCAA Division II Sports Festival Award for having the highest team GPA (3.758) of the 24 teams at the NCAA Division II National Championships, held earlier this month in Louisville, Ky., have now had a RMAC-high 14 first team selections in those four years.

McGlynn was the Grizzlies' top runner in all six meets in which she ran this season and finished sixth at the NCAA Division II National Championships, helping the Grizzlies' to a third place overall finish.  She had also earlier won the NCAA Division II Central Region title and was later named as the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Central Region Runner of the Year.

The 2-time USTFCCCA All-American, who was the RMAC Champion and Runner of the Year in 2009, also earned three RMAC Runner of the Week this season and had two wins and five top-5 finishes.

Academically, McGlynn, who transferred to Adams State from Division I Baylor prior to the 2009-10 academic year, holds a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing.

Mitchell also earned USTFCCCA All-America honors with a 20th place finish at this year's NCAA Championships and now has four career all-America certificates to her credit.  She also earned All-RMAC and All-Central Region accolades this season and sports a 3.95 GPA while majoring in human performance and physical education.

LeMaster, who holds a 3.92 GPA while majoring in pre-nursing, also earned All-RMAC and all-region honors this season, finishing eighth at the conference meet and 13th at regionals.

Nelson, a 5-time USTFCCCA All-American, missed out on the RMAC Championships this year due to injury but took eighth at the regional championships and 19th at the national meet.  She was the RMAC Freshman of the Year in 2009 and won the NCAA Division II National Championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on the track in May, 2010 with a championship, RMAC and school-record time (10:11.48).  She holds a 3.93 GPA while majoring in art.

Grasmick, who now has three career Academic All-RMAC selections to her credit, has a 3.61 cumulative GPA while majoring in human performance and physical education.  She made the transition to cross country this season after earning two USTFCCCA All-America 13 All-RMAC certificates in her first two years on the track as a sprinter, hurdler and relay runner.  Grasmick also set the RMAC Championship record in the 400-meter hurdles in 2010 and later broke the school record with a time of 1:00.06 set at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

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