February 18, 2014

Butler Athletes Earn Cross Country Academic Recognition

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the Division I cross country All-Academic individuals this past weekend, and Butler was again well represented on the list.

On the women's side, 129 athletes from 78 different schools earned All-Academic honors for the 2013 cross country season. In order to qualify, honorees must have a compiled cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater and must have finished as an All-American or in the top 10 percent of their regional meet. Butler senior Katie Clark (4.0 GPA in counseling, Master's), juniors Mara Olson (4.0 GPA in biology) and Olivia Pratt (3.68 GPA in political science), and freshman Lauren Wood (4.0 GPA in business) each made the list.

"In our program, we not only have some of the top athletes in the country, these same individuals happens to be some of the top students on this campus as well." head coach Matt Roe said.  "That is a truly unique and special combination of talent and commitment."

Butler was one of just ten institutions with four or more athletes on the list. In addition, only 16 Division I women were All-Region in cross country and had 4.0 GPAs, and Olson, Pratt and Wood were in that group.

Olson, a Division I All-American, has continued her strong performance during the indoor track and field season.  She currently ranks tenth in the 3000 meter run with her time of 9:08.83 at the Gladstein Invitational and 17th in the 5000 meter run with the 16:03.89 she clocked at the Iowa State Classic.

Butler also ranks tenth in the men's distance medley relay.

The Butler men's and women's track teams will be in action at the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championship on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22.

Contact:  Bethany Werge (bwerge@butler.edu)