Alma, Mich. - Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich./Northwest), a member of the Alma College cross country and track & field teams, has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American Division III Track & Field/Cross Country Team for the third straight year, it was announced today (June 21, 2017).
Arnold, a First Team selection a year ago and a Third Team honoree in 2015, was one of 15 members named to the First Team and one of six student-athletes to carry a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Arnold graduated from Alma College in April with a degree in integrative physiology and health science. This is the second major academic award this year for Arnold, who was named the NCAA Elite 90 Award winner at the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. The Elite 90 Award is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at a NCAA Championship event.
Arnold began her final campaign by qualifying for the NCAA III Cross Country Championships and finished as the runner-up at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Championships. During the indoor track season, she was crowned MIAA Champion in the women's 5000 meter run, then followed up that performance by winning the women's 1500 meter run at the MIAA Field Day to conclude the ourtood track season.
A two-time qualifier for the NCAA III Cross Country Championships, Arnold finished her career with a school record time of 21:05, and received All-MIAA First Team honors on three occasions and Second Team accolades once. In addition, she was a three-time selection to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III All-Great Lakes Region team and received the USTFCCCA's All-Academic award three times.
As a track athlete, Arnold was a three-time All-MIAA First Team selection, earning the honor twice in the outdoor season and once in the indoor. She captured three MIAA titles, winning the women's 1500 meter run in back-to-back years and capturing the 5000 meter title during her final indoor campaign. Arnold was named to the USTFCCCA All-Region team in her final two campaigns for the 5000 meter run, and was the NCAA Elite 90 Award winner for the 2016 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Arnold finished her career as a seven-time All-MIAA honoree, a five-time USTFCCCA All-Region Award winner and a two-time NCAA Elite 90 Award recipient. In addition, she won the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the Fall 2016 sports season and was a finalist for the prestigious NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship. She is the only student-athlete in school history to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America honors three times.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Track & Field/Cross Country team is selected from the members of the all-district teams, which are voted on by CoSIDA members. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.5 GPA and participate in at least 50 percent of the team's competitions.