ELMHURST, Ill. – Three Summit League student-athletes were named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Cross Country/Track & Field team announced Thursday morning, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Lara Boman of South Dakota, Halie Mechels of South Dakota State and Elliott Stone of North Dakota State all earned first-team selections to CoSIDA's Academic All-America team, marking the most first-team honorees The Summit League has ever boasted during a given cross country/track & field year.
This was the first Academic All-America selection of any kind for Boman, Mechels and Stone, with all three carrying pristine 4.0 cumulative grade point averages (GPAs).
Now an academic senior majoring in physics, Boman was the 2018 Summit League Outdoor Champion in the women's hammer throw event, mustering a personal-best toss that traveled 213' 9" (65.15m). The Edina, Minn., native went onto qualify for NCAA Championships following a seventh-place performance at the preliminary round in Sacramento. At nationals, Boman placed 22nd in the competition and was named an All-America honorable mention.
Boman is the program's fourth first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, joining USD alumni Emily Grove (2017), Alexa Duling (2013) and Bethany (Buell) Firsick (2013).
Mechels became the first Jackrabbit to earn first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors since Becka Mansheim in 2007 and the first SDSU Academic All-American of any kind since 2014. The senior human biology major is most recently coming off an eighth-place finish at outdoor league championships in the 3000-meter steeplechase, clocking a season-best time of 11:25.07. Mechels also competed during the 2017 Summit League Cross Country season, placing 31st at league championships in October.
On the track, Stone's junior campaign included a silver-medal performance in the 5000m run and a fourth-place finish in the 10K at outdoor league championships, accompanied by another fourth-place time in the 3000m run at indoor league championships. Stone also placed fifth at The Summit League Cross Country Championships with a 25:15.3 time. The mechanical engineering major advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships where he earned 98th in the 10K race.
Along with NDSU alum Matti Mortimore (2017) and Greg Liebl (2008), Stone becomes the third Bison to make the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team.
For CoSIDA's full release containing the members of all three Academic All-America teams, please click here.