Six Washington University Track & Field Athletes Selected to Capital One Academic All-District Team
St. Louis, Mo., May 31, 2013 – Six individuals from Washington University in St. Louis were among the student-athletes named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Five Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team, 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. Senior David Hamm, sophomore Drew Padgett and junior Kevin Sparks were honored for the WUSTL men. Etherington also received the honor in 2012, while the other five student-athletes each earned the accolade for the first time.
Cheadle 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. She 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, Cheadle repeated as an All-American in the 5,000, finishing in fifth place. She 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 WUSTL record in the 5,000. Cheadle holds a 3.75 GPA while majoring in chemical engineering with minors in environmental engineering and energy engineering.
Diaz-Arrastia set two school records and earned 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 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. A philosophy-neuroscience-psychology major with a minor in Spanish, Diaz-Arrastia holds a 3.41 GPA.
Etherington earned Academic All-District honors for the second year in a row after earning All-America honors in the women’s pole vault at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. She 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 Indoor Championships. Etherington capped an outstanding outdoor season by breaking her own school record to finish as the national runner-up at the NCAA 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 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. He earned 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. A three-time academic all-UAA honoree, Hamm holds a 3.97 GPA while majoring in architecture.
Padgett placed 12th at the UAA Cross Country Championships to earn second-team all-UAA honors. During the outdoor track & field season, he broke the school record in the 5,000 at the Gregory Invitational to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Padgett earned all-UAA honors in the outdoor 5,000 with a third-place finish at the conference meet, but just missed All-America honors with a ninth-place finish. A two-time UAA Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honoree in 2013, he holds a 3.74 GPA while majoring in psychology.
Sparks recorded the highest individual finish in school history by finishing 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 its 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 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-District team, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. As members of the Academic All-District First Team, the six student-athletes will be among the nominees for the Academic All-America Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, which will be announced Tuesday, June 25.