MISSOULA - University of Montana junior Kara DeWalt and sophomore Courtney Kosovich were honored Monday for academic excellence by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
They were two of 531 student-athletes representing 146 NCAA Division I institutions on the USTFCCCA's 2009 All-Academic team.
One of the more difficult academic teams to make, the team requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and either an NCAA indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or an outdoor regional or national qualifying standard.
DeWalt, who has a 3.28 GPA in biology, competed in May's NCAA Midwest Regional in Norman, Okla., in the steeplechase. The UM school record holder placed 22nd in her second straight year qualifying for regionals in the event.
Kosovich, a health and human performance major with a 3.44 GPA, had Montana's best finish at the Midwest Regional, placing 10th in the pole vault. Kosovich has been a regional qualifier in each of her first two outdoor seasons.
Nebraska led all institutions with 19 student-athletes on the All-Academic team. BYU and Oregon followed with 16 each.
Tennessee's Sarah Bowman (indoor track), Colorado's Jenny Barringer (outdoor track), Indiana State's Kylie Hutson (indoor field) and Florida State's Kim Williams (outdoor field) were named the USTFCCCA's Scholar Athletes of the Year.
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