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Three A-10 Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-American Honors

Release: 06/26/2014
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –  Three student-athletes representing the Atlantic 10 Conference were named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Capital One and CoSIDA recognize the nation's top student-athletes annually for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Representing the Atlantic 10 on the men’s side were Duquesne’s Jim Spisak (First Team) and La Salle’s Alfredo Santana (Third Team). Dayton’s Lizzie Gleason (Second Team) represented the A-10 on the women’s squad.

Spisak was the Atlantic 10 Champion in the 5,000 meters at the A-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship with a time of 14:34 and in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:33.29. He also finished second in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA East Preliminaries en route to qualifying for the NCAA Finals. He posted an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.76 in the secondary education-social studies and has a perfect 4.00 GPA through one year of graduate school.

In addition to being named third team All-American at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Santana is one of two runners all-time to win Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer Awards in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. His four A-10 Most Outstanding Performer Awards are tied for the most in league history. Santana owns seven A-10 Championships overall.

Gleason recorded a 3.99 GPA while majoring in biology and graduated in May from the University of Dayton. On the track, she reached the podium at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships by finishing second in the one mile. She also took fourth in the distance medley relay and the 4x800 meter relay. At the A-10 Outdoor Championships, Gleason finished in fourth place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

To be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00. He/she must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated their sports information director. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America teams since 1952.

2013-14 Academic All-American Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
First Team
Name, School, Hometown, GPA, Major
Jim Spisak, Duquesne, Johnstown, Pa.,3.76, Secondary Education (Undergraduate)/Instructional Technology (Graduate)

Third Team
Alfredo Santana, La Salle, Philadelphia, Pa., 3.32, Psychology

2013-14 Academic All-American Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
Second Team
Name, School, Hometown, GPA, Major
Lizzie Gleason, Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 3.99, Biology

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