WASHINGTON - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced it's 2016-17 Academic All-America™ Women's Track/Cross Country Teams and Gallaudet University senior cross country runner Kristi Luna (Austin, Texas) was named to the Division III Second Team. Luna is one of 45 honorees named to three different teams from around the country.
Luna is the second Gallaudet women's track and field/cross country runner in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America™ honors. She joins Katie Giles, who was named to the 2014-15 CoSIDA Academic All-America™ Division III Second Team.
Luna is the only CoSIDA Academic All-America™ honoree from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
Luna, a spanish major, is one of 15 honorees with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She was Gallaudet's top runner during the 2016 cross country season. Luna was the first Bison to cross the finish line at the 2016 NEAC championship as she placed 34th overall in the 6K race with a time of 28 minutes, 30 seconds.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Gallaudet Associate Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson nominated Luna for this honor and has helped Gallaudet athletics increase its Academic All-America totals, fivefold, in his eight years at the helm. Gallaudet has earned 11 Academic All-America selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. Nine of the 11 honors have come in the last six years as GU has earned at least one every year for six years straight.
GALLAUDET'S CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA™ WOMEN'S TRACK/CROSS COUNTRY HONOREES
About CoSIDA Academic All-America® Program
CoSIDA began this program in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite CoSIDA Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Academic All-Americans in 12 sports.
This is the fifth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016-17 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.