Alma, Mich. - Senior Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich./Northwest) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team, it was announced today (Thursday, May 25). This is the third consecutive year that Arnold has received the honor, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
A CoSIDA Academic All-American the last two years, Arnold graduated from Alma College in April with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and majored in integrative physiology and health science.
During the cross country season, Arnold was the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. Arnold qualified for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships for the second time in her career and finished as the runner-up at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships, earning a spot on the All-MIAA First Team for the third straight season. She was also recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as an All-Academic Award winner and received All-Region honors from the USTFCCCA. In addition, she was among the Fall 2016 receipients of the NCAA's Postgraduate Scholarship.
As part of the indoor track and field team, Arnold won the MIAA Championship in the 5000-meter and improved upon her own 3000-meter school record, posting a time of 9:50.08 at the GVSU Open.
During the outdoor season, Arnold repeated as the MIAA champion in the 1500-meter run and finished second in the 5000 meters to earn a spot on the All-MIAA First Team for the second consecutive campaign. She also received All-Region accolades from the USTFCCCA for the second straight year after finishing with the third-best time in the Great Lakes Region for the 5000.
Members of the COSIDA Academic All-District Team are selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. To qualify for the team, student-athletes must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA and participate in at least 50 percent of the team's competitions.
Arnold will now advance to the COSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-American honorees will be announced on June 21.
For more information about the Academic All-District and Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.