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WCC Places Two on CoSIDA Cross Country Academic All-America Teams

June 23, 2009

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SAN BRUNO, Calif., -- The West Coast Conference was awarded two student-athletes on CoSIDA's cross country/track and field All-Academic teams, as announced by the organization last week. Portland's David Kinsella was placed on the first team for the second year in a row on the men's side, while Santa Clara's Noelle Lopez was placed on the third team for the women. Both athletes were highly deserving of the honor as Kinsella was awarded the WCC's annual Postgraduate Scholarship and Lopez was the first female Bronco to be named a Rhodes Scholar, earlier this year.

Kinsella has been a proven leader both on and off the field. He graduated from the University of Portland with a 3.96 GPA with a major in Biology and a minor in Economics and Philosophy. The Redmond, Wash. native made the Dean's List all four years as a Pilot and was an Academic All-American in 2007 and 2008 in the sport of cross country. In addition, he is a four-time recipient of the 4.0 Semester GPA Award and was awarded WCC West Regional All-Academic honors three different years. The 2007 University of Portland Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Kinsella was awarded WCC Cross Country Athlete of the Month each year he competed for the Pilots. The two-time All-American experienced tremendous success this season as he won this year's WCC Cross Country Championships and placed fourth at this year's NCAA Championships, setting a new school record for best finish. Kinsella will be attending Law School at Stanford University this Fall.

Lopez has already garnered some of Santa Clara University's highest awards, including numerous scholarships, prizes, and grants. Consistently on the Dean's list, she also was one of three recipients of the Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics and received the Donovan Fellowship grant for students wishing to deepen their knowledge of social justice through a community-based learning experience. She has also been a peer educator for the class "Ethical Issues in Society" as well as an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor through the Santa Clara Community Action Program. This season, Lopez was a team captain and scored in every race she competed in. She graduated in June with a GPA of 3.99 in Philosophy and will be moving on to graduate school at Oxford University where she will work on a graduate degree in Philosophy.

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.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.