Feb. 15, 2011
San Francisco, Calif. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced that University of San Francisco freshman Jana Stolting has earned 2010 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status.
Stolting is the first-ever cross country athlete at USF to earn this distinction. The track and field program has had numerous athletes earn such honors, with Eva Krchova and Hillary Kigar being named Division I All-Academic last spring.
"This is really exciting," Stolting said. "And it's also surprising because I wasn't even sure what the qualifications were."
In order to earn All-Academic status, athletes must compile a 3.25 GPA and earn either All-America status or finish in the top 15 (or top 10 percent) of their NCAA region.
Stolting finished her first semester at USF with a 3.8 GPA and was 15th at the NCAA Western Regionals, which was the best individual regionals finish in USF history. She also set a new school record in the 6k with a time of 20:31.41. Stolting was also named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year in addition to First-Team All-WCC.
"Any time you have an athlete honored for academics and athletics, it's really special," said USF head coach Helen Lehman-Winters. "Jana, as only a freshman, has excelled to a level no other runner in this program has ever excelled before. I think this will be the first of many awards she will receive in the years to come."
Stolting joins 98 other students from 61 institutions to earn this honor.
Courtesy of USF Sports Information