St. Louis, Mo., June 22, 2016 — Washington University in St. Louis senior Ellen Toennies, junior Daisy Ogede and sophomore Alison Lindsay were all named to the 2016 Academic All-American Division III Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Ogede and Toennies were both named to the second team, while Lindsay picked up third-team accolades. This marks the sixth-straight year WashU Women's Track & Field/Cross Country has had an Academic All-America selection. The Bears have had 21 Academic All-America honorees all-time, most of any sport at WashU.
"I am so proud of Alison, Daisy and Ellen. Have three Academic All-American selections is an amazing accomplishment," said WashU track and field/cross country head coach Jeff Stiles. "These are three incredible young women demonstrated that you can reach for the stars in both academics and athletics at WashU. This was a historic season on the track and this solidifies that it was an historic season in the classroom."
Ogede, who has a 3.67 GPA while majoring in biology: neuroscience, became the first female sprinter in WashU history to win an indoor national title after racing to a first-place finish in the 200 at the 2016 Indoor Championship. She added a second national title at the meet in the 4x400 relay. Ogede earned All-America citations at the Outdoor Championship in the 200 and 4x100 relay. She also repeated as the UAA Women's Indoor Most Outstanding Performer in the Running Events after setting four school records and three UAA records.
Toennies, who graduated with a 3.77 GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering, was a 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country All-American after a ninth place finish. She also earned All-America honors at the 2016 Indoor Championship with the distance medley relay which placed fifth. Toennies was also the 2016 UAA Indoor Champion in the mile.
Lindsay, who has a 4.0 grade point average while double majoring in political science and French, picked up a pair of All-American finishes in track. She was fifth in the distance medley relay at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championship and earned All-America honors in the 3,000 at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championship after placing fifth. Lindsay also earned first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors with a fourth-place finish at the UAA Cross Country Championships, and was the 3,000 steeplechase Outdoor UAA champion.
In order to be selected to the 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.