From the Sun Belt Conference
Three Sun Belt Conference cross country and track & field student-athletes were named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District ® Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.
Western Kentucky's Buddy Price and Rachel Friedman, and Arkansas State's Dawn L'Heureux all received the academic honors, which recognize top student-athletes for their combined performance on the floor and in the classroom. Price and Friedman were named to the District 4 men's and women's first team, respectively, and L'Heureux was named to the District 6 second team.
Friedman, a graduate student in excercise science, carries a 4.0 grade point average. Hailing from Swansea, Ill., she helped the Lady Toppers to the Sun Belt Conference team title during the cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons. In the fall, Friedman placed 12th at the league meet, running a 5k cross country time of 18:48.1. Most recently at the SBC outdoor meet, she placed fourth in the steeplechase with a time of 11:07.31, which ranks fourth on the Lady Topper all-time list in the event.
Price is a junior geology major who carries a 3.94 GPA. The Dubre, Ky., native ranks second on the Hilltopper all-time hammer list with a personal best of 186-0 while also ranking fifth on the all-time weight throw list at 57-6.50. At the Sun Belt indoor meet, Price placed fifth in the weight throw. Last month at the league outdoor meet, Price earned all-SBC laurels for a third-place finish in the hammer throw.
L'Heureux, a senior exercise science major from Springdale, Ark., maintains a 3.97 GPA. She ran a 4:44.24 in the women's 1,500-meter run at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May, recording the fifth-fastest time in school history to finish fifth in the race. She also finished fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.28, which was the fifth-fastest time in ASU history, to help the Red Wolves to a runner-up finish at the SBC Championship meet.
The Academic All-District ® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The University Division team includes NCAA Division I participants, while the College Division team combines NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution, and reached sophomore athletic eligibility. Voting is conducted by current CoSIDA members.