June 26, 2008
Butler distance runners Genni Gardner and Claire Holme have been named to the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team, selected by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Gardner earned first team recognition, while Holme was chosen second team on the University Division Women's Track and Field/Cross Country honor squad.
Gardner, a communications disorders major with a 3.94 cumulative grade point average, became the first Butler female track/cross country athlete to earn first team Academic All-America recognition, while Holme, who boasts a perfect 4.00 grade point average as an education major, became the third Butler female runner to earn second team honors. Meghann Berrier (2000) and Victoria Mitchell (2005) were previous second team picks from Butler, while Monica Behney (2005) earned third team recognition.
Gardner capped a stellar senior season by being named the Most Outstanding Performer-Running Events at the 2008 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship. She won individual titles in both the 1,500 meter run and the 5,000 meter run at the league meet, and she was one of three Butler female runners to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional. She turned in Butler's top performance at the regional meet with a 12th place finish in the women's 5,000 meter run.
A three-time Academic All-District selection, Gardner was named the Horizon League's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2007, and she was chosen as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2007 Horizon League Indoor Track Championship. She also was a four-time All-League performer in cross country, and she qualified for the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championship after placing runner-up in the Horizon League meet.
Holme was an all-league performer in both track and cross country. The senior standout was a 2008 NCAA Mideast Regional qualifier in the women's 5,000 meter run, and she was an individual champ in the 3,000 meter run at the 2008 Horizon League Indoor Championship. She helped Butler win a sixth consecutive Horizon League Women's Cross Country Championship with a third place individual finish at the 2007 league meet.
Gardner and Holme join teammate Kent Wories as 2007-08 Academic All-Americans. Wories was named to the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team in men's track and field/cross country. Butler has had 31 student-athletes earn Academic All-America recognition since 1981, including five this past year. The three track/cross country runners joined men's basketball players A. J. Graves and Drew Streicher as Butler Academic All-Americans in 2007-08.