June 7, 2010

Navarre named to ESPN Academic All-District team

Denison junior Katie Navarre (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second consecutive season.  A standout in both cross country and track & field for the Big Red, Navarre will now move on to the national ballot with an opportunity to become Denison's 58th Academic All-America selection.

A two-time All-American in cross country and a two-time All-American in track and field, Navarre is coming off a season which saw her receive awards as the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Runner of the Year and the North Coast Athletic Conference Runner of the Year.   At the 2009 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship she logged a program-best, sixth-place finish with a time of 21.57.1.  At the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Navarre became the first female in Denison history to win the event with her time of 21:23.09.  At the conference championship in October, Navarre became the third runner from Denison to take home the individual championship.  At the 2009 All-Ohio Championship, in a field of nearly 300 runners from 42 Ohio colleges and universities, Navarre placed fifth overall.

In track and field, Navarre posted All-American performances in both the 5,000 and the 10,000 in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships.  This year, at the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, she placed second in the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters.  Navarre boasts a 3.94 grade point average and is majoring in English. She is also a volunteer with Amnesty International.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team for women's track and field/cross country will be announced on Thursday (June 24).

Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams Program is premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program. It recognizes over 800 outstanding student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.