NCAA Champ Nelson Named 2012 Division II Cross Country Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 25, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Alicia Nelson of Adams State was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2012 cross country season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This fall, Nelson won the individual title at the DII NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Scholar Athletes are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest individually at the most recent NCAA Championships.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II
Cross Country Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year – Alicia Nelson, Adams State

Nelson, a senior fine art/painting major from Craig, Colo., has earned a 3.664 cumulative grade point average through the 2012 fall semester.

Nelson claimed – in record-setting fashion – Adams State’s first individual women’s cross country title since 2002. Her winning 6k time of 20:03.3 was a DII Championships record, which boosted her team to a third-place finish. Sitting in fourth at the halfway point, she won by more than nine seconds over runner-up Susan Tanui of Alaska Anchorage, and by 19 seconds over third-place finisher Katie Spratford of Shippensburg.

En route to her individual NCAA crown she also won both the South Central Regional and RMAC individual titles.

Past Winners

2012: Alicia Nelson, Adams State
2011: Neely Spence, Shippensburg
2010: Neely Spence, Shippensburg
2009: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2008: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2007: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2006: Esther Komen, Western State

345 Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those women who earned 2012 Division II All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 345 student-athletes represent the 126 institutions that compose the group. (School, conf leaders)

Sixteen of the top 25 finishers from the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall earned All-Academic honors. Thirty-eight on the All-Academic list have a cumulative GPA of 4.0 through the 2012 fall semester.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.

USTFCCCA 2012 Division II Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Honorees

Student-Athlete Institution
Jenny Bergren Academy of Art University
Arianna Michaels Academy of Art University
Kelly Lamb Adams State University
Lauren Martin Adams State University
Alicia Nelson Adams State University
Alyssa Selve Adams State University
Tayler Warren Adams State University
Cecelia Capozzoli Adelphi University
Jacqueline Kaste Adelphi University
Lindsey McLaughlin Adelphi University
Jenny Brewer Alderson-Broaddus College
MJ Ohoueu American International College
Alexandra Stasiuk American International College
Emily Eckroth Anderson University (South Carolina)
Emeline Crutcher Angelo State University
Mikaela Bush Ashland University
Anna Mion Ashland University
Jessica Carpenter Augusta State University
Leah Black Augustana College (South Dakota)
Anne Pfeifle Augustana College (South Dakota)
Emily Frith Bellarmine University
Megan Kaiser Bellarmine University
Carissa Martin Bellarmine University
Angela Musk Bellarmine University
Lucy Schmitz Belmont Abbey College
Tara Dooley Bentley University
Caitlin Fahey Bentley University
Ashley Nichols Bentley University
Leah Schiller Bentley University
Victoria Davis Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kelsey Harm Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Lauren Lehman Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Shelby Pealer Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer McLaughlin C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University
Elizabeth Stirling C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University
Tiffany Dinh California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Calene Morris California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Paige Henker California State University, Chico
Sara  Mikesell California State University, Chico
Jonah Weeks California State University, Chico
Lisa Ohberg California State University, Los Angeles
Patricia Cortez California State University, San Bernardino
Courtney Anderson California State University, Stanislaus
Dallas Campbell California State University, Stanislaus
Marina Ghabbour California State University, Stanislaus
Alyssa  Thiele California State University, Stanislaus
Allison Hall California University of Pennsylvania
Erin Kling California University of Pennsylvania
Carly Youngeberg California University of Pennsylvania
Alexandra Zanella California University of Pennsylvania
Hannah Reese Carson-Newman College
Carolyn Case Cedarville University
Meghan Terrell Cedarville University
Danielle Eggleston Central Washington University
Connie  Morgan Central Washington University
Milea Schall Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Ciara Shorts Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Megan Toddy Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Paige Galvin Clayton State University
Taylor Galvin Clayton State University
Jessica Smith Clayton State University
Racquel Valadez Clayton State University
Samantha Walling Clayton State University
Regan Mullen Colorado Christian University
Kristina Delpesche Columbus State University
Rayna Green Columbus State University
Shelby Nelson Columbus State University
Chelsea  Callaway Concord University
Shetley Alyssa Delta State University
Pierce Annalee Delta State University
Stacey Hagenson Delta State University
Tressa Lamb Delta State University
Sari Higgins Drury University
ReGina Germaine East Central University
Corinne Fitzgerald East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kim Lowry East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Rosie Mascoli East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Emily Ahrens Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Budinski Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Krolick Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Hannah Kucewicz Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
megan Maffett Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Jordan McGuire Ferris State University
Breeann Ovokaitys Ferris State University
Taylor Strekel Flagler College
Stephanie Fonseca Florida Institute of Technology
Chelsea  Forgenie Florida Institute of Technology
Carman Hill Fort Hays State University
Alex Nelson Fort Hays State University
Nicole Bubie Gannon University
Veronica Bujdos Gannon University
Emily Reinhart Gannon University
Taylor Roeck Georgia College & State University
Pauline Muiruri Grand Canyon University
Megan  Rivera Grand Canyon University
Courtney Brewis Grand Valley State University
Jessica Janecke Grand Valley State University
Monica Kinney Grand Valley State University
Hannah Osborn Grand Valley State University
Madeline Rodts Grand Valley State University
Kelcie Severson Grand Valley State University
Molly Slavens Grand Valley State University
Tammy Kim Harding University
Rachel Roberts Harding University
Kelsey Taylor Harding University
Ewa Zaborowska Harding University
Chelsea Kilgore Hillsdale College
Emily Oren Hillsdale College
Bridget  Berg Humboldt State University
Nina Carson Humboldt State University
Zoe Caroline Kaufman Humboldt State University
Stephanie Beaudette Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Katie Koenig Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Magliane Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Alyssa Taddie Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Samantha Thompson Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Beauvais King College
Evan Ferrell King College
Eliza Parker King College
Kendra Sokol King College
Maria Borland Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Borland Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Cleary  Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Molly MacDonald Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Corinne Manela Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Frances McNally Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Emma D’Ambro Le Moyne College
Katherine Ward Le Moyne College
Emily Shields Lees-McRae College
Katherine Shields Lees-McRae College
Marie Mauhar Lenoir-Rhyne University
Laura Rhyne Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy  Clawson Lewis University
Amber  Stoerp Lincoln Memorial University
Ashley Daniels Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Laura Histand Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Jessica McDonald Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Savvanah Boucher Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Scordino Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Kristy Scordino Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Fiona Coleman Merrimack College
Christina Fisher Merrimack College
Kelsey Grimmer Merrimack College
Kerry Phelan Merrimack College
Amanda Halonen Michigan Technological University
Janel Campbell Midwestern State University
Ashley  Flores Midwestern State University
Kim Krezonoski Midwestern State University
Michelle Krezonoski Midwestern State University
Brittney Martin Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Mulvey Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Jessica DeJong Minnesota State University, Mankato
Emily Knapczyk Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kelsey Magnuson Minnesota State University, Mankato
Jenny Rogers Minnesota State University, Mankato
Danielle Anderson Minot State University
Kaitlyn Belisle Missouri Southern State University
Cassy Kendrick Missouri Southern State University
Addie  Mengwasser Missouri Southern State University
Rachel Schrader Missouri Southern State University
Marlee Tegenkamp Missouri Southern State University
Renae Hepfner Montana State University Billings
Rubi Torres Newman University
Mandy Dye Northern Michigan University
Larissa Halonen Northern Michigan University
Jordan Esry  Northwest Missouri State University
Anne  Herbert Northwest Missouri State University
Brittany Poole Northwest Missouri State University
Natalie Evans Northwest Nazarene University
Peri Bowman Nova Southeastern University
Alexandria Palm Nova Southeastern University
Faith Warren Palm Beach Atlantic University
Amanda Callaway Pittsburg State University
Hannah DeVries Pittsburg State University
Cate Dunn Pittsburg State University
Bridgette McCormick Pittsburg State University
Alexandria Moase Pittsburg State University
Kaley Temaat Pittsburg State University
Mathilde Timboni Queens University of Charlotte
Caitlin O’Brien Regis University (Colorado)
Lauryn Falcone Rollins College
Lauren Hill Saginaw Valley State University
Victoria  Peet Saginaw Valley State University
Emily  Short Saginaw Valley State University
Taylor Stepanski Saginaw Valley State University
Allyn Doyle Saint Anselm College
Joanna Marczyk Saint Anselm College
Erika Pakalnis Saint Anselm College
Frehiwet Negassi Saint Joseph’s College (Indiana)
Jillian Browne Saint Leo University
Kylie Fagan Saint Leo University
Andrea Maxwell Saint Leo University
Kaylie Belk San Francisco State University
Zuleima Jimenez San Francisco State University
Alicia Trujillo San Francisco State University
McKayla Fricker Seattle Pacific University
Anna Patti Seattle Pacific University
Katie Thralls Seattle Pacific University
Robyn Zeidler Seattle Pacific University
Jeannie Bujdos Seton Hill University
Megan Cala Seton Hill University
Meagen Carter Seton Hill University
Mary Janak Seton Hill University
Brianna Presutti Seton Hill University
Leah Schott Seton Hill University
Caitlin Perry Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Pryor Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Raudabaugh Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Emma Shank Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Katrina Spratford Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Heather Weiss Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Kirsten Allen Simon Fraser University
Shannon Byerly Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Case Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Abby Michaelian Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Picot Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Kara Styles Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Courtney Dinnan Southern Connecticut State University
Karissa Fisher Southwest Baptist University
Ashley Lawson Southwest Baptist University
Alexis Lindemann Southwest Baptist University
Krenda McClure Southwest Baptist University
Katherine Sitzes Southwest Baptist University
Ashley Wolkomir Southwest Baptist University
Keeley Bateman St. Thomas Aquinas College
Emily Anderson Stonehill College
Sarah  Biggers Stonehill College
Chelsea Bishop Stonehill College
Caroline McBride Stonehill College
Emma Cohen The College of Saint Rose
Kristen Harrington The College of Saint Rose
Patty Massa The College of Saint Rose
Dana Welch The College of Saint Rose
Jordan Westcott The College of Saint Rose
Samantha Hassen The University of Findlay
Abigail Magner The University of Findlay
Ashley  Gilroy Tiffin University
Jessica Kern Tiffin University
Carly Reese Tiffin University
Cindy Grauel Truman State University
Karen Grauel Truman State University
Katie Hirsch Truman State University
Michelle Kruse University of Alabama in Huntsville
Vicky Winslow University of Alabama in Huntsville
Sarah Freistone University of Alaska Anchorage
Bryn Haebe University of Alaska Anchorage
Miriam Kipngeno University of Alaska Anchorage
Katie Krehlik University of Alaska Anchorage
Alyson McPhetres University of Alaska Fairbanks
Raphaela Sieber University of Alaska Fairbanks
Chia Chang University of California, San Diego
Megan Glamann University of Central Missouri
Courtney Klaty University of Central Missouri
Allie Rexroat University of Central Missouri
Emily Leahey University of Central Oklahoma
Jacquelynn Skocik University of Central Oklahoma
Debbie Amos University of Charleston (West Virginia)
Kourtney Willey University of Charleston (West Virginia)
Megan  Burrell University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Angie Martell University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Madison  Neher University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Melissa Agnew University of Mary
Alicia Nehl University of Mary
Dakota Wolf University of Mary
Cassandra Harding University of Massachusetts Lowell
Megan Mahoney University of Massachusetts Lowell
Kelsey O’Driscoll University of Massachusetts Lowell
Nicole Skotz University of Massachusetts Lowell
Kelly Walton University of Massachusetts Lowell
Haley Evans University of Montevallo
In-Mi Matsunaga University of Montevallo
Lauren Recchia University of Montevallo
Briana Adams University of Nebraska at Kearney
Marissa Bongers University of Nebraska at Kearney
Brooke Harris University of Nebraska at Kearney
Danielle Sorrentino University of New Haven
Dominique Stasulli University of New Haven
Kendra Dorn University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Ashlee Doughty University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Livia Mahaffie University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Sierra Harder University of Sioux Falls
Becca Steadman University of Sioux Falls
Jessica Keely Gillespie University of South Carolina Aiken
Kristen  Gray University of Southern Indiana
Kaylee  McClanahan University of Southern Indiana
Lauren  Minor University of Southern Indiana
Augusta  Schrader University of Southern Indiana
Kaia Hampton University of Tampa
Danielle Kissel University of Tampa
Christa McLeod University of Tampa
Courtney Ragan University of Tampa
Iolani Scanlan University of Tampa
Laura Yarrow University of Tampa
Christian Castaneda  University of the Incarnate Word
Adriana Garcia University of the Incarnate Word
Irma Garza University of the Incarnate Word
Stephanie Glatt University of the Incarnate Word
Katlyn Savage University of the Incarnate Word
Brianna Ligotski University of the Sciences
Amber Nelson University of West Alabama
Renea Porsch University of West Florida
Elyse Boileau University of West Georgia
Casey Brown University of West Georgia
Brooke Wommack University of West Georgia
Tiffany Wommack University of West Georgia
Taylor Miller University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Jessica Watychowicz University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Juliana Boehm Valdosta State University
Taylor Harrington Valdosta State University
Ashley Luther Valdosta State University
Kayla Gagnon Wayne State University (Michigan)
Olivia Kwiatkowski Wayne State University (Michigan)
Leigh Manning-Smith West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Jessica  Blakely West Texas A&M University
Mireia Guarner West Texas A&M University
Emma Love West Texas A&M University
Amber Moore West Texas A&M University
Brenda  Sidet West Texas A&M University
Haley  Sparks West Texas A&M University
Taylor  Sparks West Texas A&M University
Ashli Knotts West Virginia Wesleyan College
Loren McDaniel West Virginia Wesleyan College
Dana Tomasello West Virginia Wesleyan College
Anna Marshall Western State Colorado University
Sophie McNeely Western State Colorado University
Cassandra Ortiz Western State Colorado University
Julie Pack Western State Colorado University
Tara Richardson Western State Colorado University
Torie Weprin Western State Colorado University
Taylor Guenther Western Washington University
Katie Balbier Wheeling Jesuit University
Victoria Fluharty Wheeling Jesuit University
Michelle Pottratz Wheeling Jesuit University
Megan Truelove Wheeling Jesuit University
Althea Davidson Wilmington University (Delaware)
Whitney Hora Wilmington University (Delaware)
Sam Haering Wingate University
Melanie Wollenberg Wingate University
Keeley Wood Wingate University
Kayla Gudmundson Winona State University
Jordan  Paschke Winona State University
Chelsea  Schrubbe Winona State University
Jordan  Skelly Winona State University
Megan  Snyder Winona State University
Jessica  Young Winona State University