Mara Olson Earns All-America Recognition

Mara Olson

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Junior Mara Olson, who was the first Butler female runner to qualify for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship, has been named second team All-America by the U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Olson placed tenth in the women's 3,000 meter run at the national championship meet in Albuquerque, N.M.  She covered the distance in 9:24.86, finishing just over 10 seconds behind national champ Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth.

The USTFCCCA awarded first team All-America recognition to the top eight finishers in each event at the national meet.  Second team honors were given to athletes who finished between ninth and 16th place.  More than 300 competitors at the women's championship received All-America recognition.

The honor came on the heels of Olson receiving the NCAA's top academic recognition prior to the national championship meet.  The Butler distance ace received the NCAA's Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.

Olson became Butler's first indoor track and field All-American and just the second Butler athlete (men's basketball player Matt Howard was the other) to earn the Elite 89 Award.