WASHINGTON - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced it's 2016-17 Academic All-District™ Women's Track/Cross Country Teams and Gallaudet University senior cross country runner Kristi Luna (Austin, Texas) was named to the District 2 team for Division III. Luna will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.
Luna is the third Gallaudet women's track and field/cross country runner in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District™ honors.
Luna is the only CoSIDA Academic All-District™ honoree from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
Luna, a spanish major, is the only District 2 honoree 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. District Two is comprised of Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
GALLAUDET'S CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT™ 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.
The Academic All-District™ teams include the student-athletes listed per sport and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. 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.