Katie Clark Named Academic All-America

Katie Clark Named Academic All-America
Katie Clark (Photo by Sam Roberts)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler distance runner Katie Clark, who compiled a record-setting year in track and cross country, has been named to the third team of the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team, chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  She was one of 45 student-athletes nationally named to the academic honor squad.

Clark, an honor student majoring in criminal justice, completed an outstanding year in the classroom and on the field of competition.  She was a top performer in both track and cross country, advancing to the NCAA Division I National Championship in both sports, and she was the only Butler athlete to earn Academic All-Conference recognition in two different sports.

The Butler standout earned All-America honors in 2012 at the NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championship in Louisville, Ky.  She captured the individual title at the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Cross Country Championship and went on to place 22nd at the NCAA national meet, becoming just the second Butler female athlete to earn cross country All-America honors.

This spring, Clark shattered school records in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs.  She became the first Butler woman to run under 16:00 in the 5,000 with a time of 15:43.51 at the Mt. Sac Relays, and she broke the previous Butler 10,000 meter record by nearly two minutes with a time of 33:36.36 at the Stanford Invitational.  Clark won individual titles in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter runs at the A-10 Outdoor Championship, and she went on to earn honorable mention All-America recognition in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs at the NCAA national meet.

Clark was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference Academic All-Conference teams in both cross country and track and field this year.

A native of Beverly, U.K., Clark is the fifth female track/cross country athlete at Butler to earn Academic All-America honors, joining Monica Behney (2005), Victoria Mitchell (2005), Claire Holme (2008) and Genni Gardner (2008).