AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its list of academic all-district track & field/cross country athletes today in the midst of the NCAA Preliminary rounds, and Lumberjacks Brooke Andersen and Tyler Day represent Northern Arizona University as members of the district eight team.
Andersen, who punched her ticket to NCAA Championships after a second-place finish in the women's hammer throw earlier today, has maintained a 3.37 cumulative grade point average (GPA) while simultaneously breaking school and conference records left and right. Majoring in environmental sciences, the redshirt-junior from Vista, Calif., has clearly shown she is just as impressive in the classroom as she is in the throws circle.
Day, a name and face the Flagstaff community is undoubtedly familiar with, is one of the best student-athletes NAU has ever had, he's only a sophomore. Currently boasting a pristine 3.87 GPA as a journalism major, Day—the two-time NCAA All-American and member of the NCAA Cross Country National Championship team—is also a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic cross country athlete. He is currently redshirting this outdoor season.
In order to win such an honorable award, a representative from an athlete's respective university must nominate him or her, and then those athletes are voted on by sports information directors from the athlete's district. This year, the Big Sky totaled five CoSIDA Academic All-District athletes. Northern Arizona was the only conference school with more than one athlete on the list.