Six standouts earn academic honor

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Author: Riley Kimball (Senior Writer)

Six Occidental Cross Country runners earned Academic All-American status for the Fall 2011 season. The award goes to runners with GPAs of 3.4 or higher who finished at the top of the Division III NCAA Championships. 

On the women’s side, Anna Dalton (senior), Eliza Dornbush (senior) and Megan Lang (junior) received the honors, and Eric Kleinsasser (senior), Sebi Devlin-Foltz (senior) and Colin Smith (first-year) were recognized on the men’s team.

“It’s nice to be recognized for working hard in all parts of life, not just sports,” Dalton said. “This will give us some momentum to start the track season.”

Given the caliber of their performances, few observers watching these top athletes compete would guess the strength of their academics. 

Dalton is a UEP major planning to put her studies to use by pursuing food policy in Washington, D.C., and for her biochemistry comps, Dornbush is studying the link between omega 3 deficiency and Alzheimer’s disease. Devlin-Foltz also plans to take his DWA policy research to D.C. to work in public policy, and Kleinsasser will be studying geology in graduate school. Smith studies physics, and Lang, a DWA and economics double major, interned in a savings and credit co-op in Uganda last summer.

The cross country team finished a strong season last fall in the national championships, and all of the award winners are continuing to run this spring on the track team.

Track and field’s season begins this Saturday at Pomona.

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