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Mildes Named Academic All-American

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga's Jessica Mildes was named to the women's Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-American Third Team in by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Friday.

Of the 45 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women's Track Field/Cross Country team members, 26 have grade-point averages of 3.90 or higher including 14 who have a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. Mildes boasts a 4.00 cumulative grade point average with a major in accounting.

"Jessica has been a tremendous influence on the growth and success of our team," GU women's Cross Country and Track Head Coach Patty Ley said. "She is one of the hardest workers and most compassionate people I have ever worked with. We are very proud and excited for this recognition for her!"

Mildes helped guide the Zags to their first West Coast Conference title in 20 years, and only the second in program history. GU would finish a program-best sixth at the NCAA West Regionals, before placing 25th in the program's first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Mildes was named All-West Region after placing 21st at regionals. She came in third at the WCC Championships and earned All-Conference honors. Earlier in the season, the redshirt junior ran the program's second-fastest time on a 6,000-meter course (20:25.3) at the Washington Invitational.

In the classroom, Mildes has excelled in her two seasons at Gonzaga. The Chattaroy, Wash., native received USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, along with Academic All-WCC.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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.