Three Red Devils Named to Women's All-Academic Track & Field Team
(New Orleans, La.) – The Dickinson College women's track & field team placed three athletes on the 2011 U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Division III All-Academic Team.
Senior Kim Powell (Canton, Conn./Canton), junior Catherine Campbell (Carlisle, Pa./Trinity) and first-year Taylor Ludman (Willow Street, Pa./Solanco) were three of 328 scholar athletes selected to the team. All three runners qualified for the 10,000 meter event at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and all finished in the top 20. Powell led the way, crossing the line 11th overall. Ludman finished 17th, followed by Campbell in 19th place.
The trio had outstanding seasons in cross country and track & field. They led the Red Devils to second place at both the Centennial Conference and NCAA Mideast Region Cross Country Championships, all earning First-team All-Centennial and All-Mideast Region honors. Dickinson went on to place 22nd at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country National Championships.
At the 2011 Centennial Conference Indoor T&F Championships, Campbell, Ludman and Powell accounted for half of the Devils' 64 points, competing in the grueling 5000-3000 meter combination. After racing to second-third-fourth and posting three provisional qualifying times in the 10,000 meters at the CC Outdoor Championships; Powell, Campbell and Ludman captured second, third and fourth in the 5,000 meters as well.
Keelie Finnel (Coe), Emma Dewart (Ithaca), Jennifer Gossels (Williams), and Kelly Lovett (Carleton) were named as Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division III for the 2011 track & field seasons. The group represents collegiate track & field's best in both athletics and academics. In addition, 328 individuals were tapped as USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees.
Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying marks in an individual or relay event. Participation in an NCAA Championship also fulfills the athletic component of All-Academic qualification.