WUSTL Cross Country/Track & Field Lands Five Student-Athletes on Academic All-America Teams
St. Louis, Mo., June 25, 2013 – Five individuals from Washington University in St. Louis were among the student-athletes selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Sophomore Lucy Cheadle, senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia and junior Anna Etherington each received the honor for the Washington U. women, while senior David Hamm and junior Kevin Sparks were honored for the WUSTL men. Etherington, Hamm and Sparks each were named to the Academic All-America second team, while Cheadle and Diaz-Arrastia received third-team honors.
All five student-athletes were first-time honorees. Hamm and Sparks became the ninth and 10th individual Academic All-Americans in school history for the Washington U. men, while Cheadle, Diaz-Arrastia and Etherington brought the number of all-time individual honorees for the WUSTL women to 11.
Cheadle, who holds a 3.75 GPA while majoring in chemical engineering with minors in environmental engineering and energy engineering, earned third-team Academic All-America honors after standout cross country and indoor track & field seasons in 2012-13. She earned All-America honors in cross country for the second year in a row, finishing 21st overall at the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Cheadle was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year after claiming the UAA individual title. During the indoor track & field season, she repeated as an All-American in the 5,000, finishing in fifth place. Cheadle was selected as the UAA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Most Outstanding Runner after winning the 3,000 and 5,000 at the UAA Championships, including setting a UAA and school record in the 5,000.
Diaz-Arrastia was named to the Academic All-America third team after setting two school records and earning three All-America honors during her senior track & field seasons. She set the school record in her first-career indoor pentathlon, before breaking her own record en route to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. Diaz-Arrastia posted a career-best mark in the triple jump the next day to place sixth and earn her second indoor All-America honors of the meet. During the outdoor season, she broke her own school record to place sixth in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Diaz-Arrastia graduated with a 3.41 GPA with a philosophy-neuroscience-psychology major and a minor in Spanish.
Etherington, a two-time Academic All-District honoree, was named to the Academic All-America second team. She earned All-America honors in the women’s pole vault at both the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2013. Etherington broke her own school record at the UAA Indoor Championships to win the pole vault title for the third year in a row, before tying for fourth at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. She capped an outstanding outdoor season by breaking her own school record to finish as the national runner-up at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. A four-time All-American and six-time UAA champion in the pole vault, she holds a 3.62 GPA while majoring in systems engineering with a minor in operations and supply chain management.
Hamm, who graduated with a 3.97 GPA while majoring in architecture, was named to the Academic All-America second team. He earned All-Midwest Region cross country honors for the second year in a row by placing 16th at the 2012 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional. Hamm received all-UAA cross country honors for the third year in a row, finishing a career-best sixth place at the UAA Championships. He also finished fourth in the 10,000 at the UAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was a three-time academic all-UAA honoree.
Sparks, who was named to the Academic All-America second team, recorded the highest individual finish in school history by placing fourth overall at the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. He was named the UAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year after winning the individual title and leading the Washington University men to their third-straight team title. Sparks won the 3,000 and finished second in the 5,000 at the UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, and also won the 5,000 at the UAA Outdoor Championships. He clocked the second-fastest 10,000 time in school history, placing ninth in the event at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. Sparks holds a 3.48 GPA while majoring in political science with a minor in German.
In order to be selected to an Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing.