GREENWOOD, Ind. On Tuesday, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced that three Mountain Lions from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs track & field program has been selected to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District VI Men's/Women's Track & Field Team. From the UCCS women's team, sophomore Kaija Crowe and senior Skylyn Webb made the Academic All-District team, with junior Will Ross from the men's side also earning Academic All-District.
The 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America program separately recognizes outstanding student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
From Milaca, Minn., sophomore Kaija Crowe boasts a 3.48 GPA as a Communications: Digital Filmmaking major. A multi-event student-athlete, Crowe had a career year during the 2018-19 season as she claimed two First Team All-American finishes (Pentathlon, Long Jump) in the indoor season and secured another First Team All-American finish (Heptathlon) and a Second Team All-American (Long Jump) finish in the outdoor season. Crowe posted PRs in the pentathlon and the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships meet as she went on to register podium finishes of fifth and eighth place respectively. For the indoor season, Crowe added three All-RMAC First Team honors, including an RMAC individual title in the pentathlon as she took home RMAC Athlete of the Meet after garnering 28 points. To cap off the indoor season, Crowe was selected as RMAC Field Athlete of the Year, USTFCCCA All-Region (High Jump, Pentathlon, 400 Meters, Long Jump, Heptathlon), and RMAC All-Academic First Team. The sophomore carried momentum into the outdoor season as she added two All-RMAC First Team and three All-RMAC Second Team honors, including an RMAC individual title in the heptathlon and the high jump. On top of her All-American finishes at NCAA Outdoor Championships, Crowe also earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors (400 Meters, Heptathlon, Long Jump) and was selected RMAC All-Academic First Team.
An Electrical Engineering major in his junior year, Will Ross holds a 3.91 GPA. The Colorado Springs, Colo. native was selected to RMAC All-Academic First Team in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, as he went on to qualify for his first career NCAA Championship. Ross provisionally qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships in the triple jump with 19th best mark in DII of 15.06m (49'5''), and finished nationals this past weekend in 19th with a mark of 14.97m (48'6.25''). Ross has combined for three All-RMAC First Team finishes and one RMAC Second Team finish in the 2018-19 season, as he notched a first place finish in the triple jump at the RMAC Outdoor Championships to be crowned RMAC Champion. In the indoor season, Ross was also selected USTFCCCA All-Region for both the long jump and triple jump, as he then earned All-Region once again in the triple jump during the outdoor season.
A native of Delta, Colo., Skylyn Webb posted a 3.93 GPA as an undergraduate Psychology major, and currently has a 3.51 GPA in graduate school as she works towards her Master's in Psychology. An RMAC All-Academic First Team selection in the indoor and outdoor seasons, Webb was unstoppable in the 2018-19 season as she capped off a stellar career as a Mountain Lion by taking first in the 800m at NCAA Outdoor Championships, and becoming the back-to-back national champion in the 800m during the outdoor season. It is only the fifth time in NCAA Division II history that a female student-athlete has won back-to-back titles in the 800m during outdoors. In the indoor season, Webb also captured the 800m national title and became the first indoor women's national champion in school history. Between both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Webb has tallied two RMAC Track Athlete of the Year awards, four USTFCCCA All-Region awards, four RMAC individual championships, and two First Team All-American honors. Webb had a clean sweep of the 800m for the 2018-19 season as she took home the conference title and the national title.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if applicable) Academic All-America honorees will be announced in June.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed in links provided above and are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada.