June 24, 2011

Navarre keeps busy on the award circuit

Her athletic and academic career may have ended over a month ago but the awards continue to roll in for Denison standout, Katie Navarre.  On Thursday, June 23, Navarre was named to the 2011 Capital One first-team Academic All-America team and was tabbed as the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference Pam Smith Award winner.

The Pam Smith Award is given annually by the NCAC to recognize the conference's Woman of the Year.  As the NCAC winner, Navarre will be nominated by the conference for the prestigious NCAA Women of the Year. 

This is also Navarre's second-straight appearance on the Capital One Academic All-America squad.  A second-team selection in 2010 and a first-team choice in 2011, Navarre is the 59th Academic All-America selection from Denison University.

Navarre was a four-year member of the Denison cross country and track & field teams.  She earned 12 varsity letters during her career and was a four-time All-American.  In cross country, Navarre earned her first All-American certificate by placing ninth at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship.  She returned the following year and won the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship meet and went on to finish sixth at the NCAA championship, which was the highest finish ever by a Denison runner at the national championship.

In track & field, Navarre posted All-American performances in both the 5,000 and the 10,000 at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships.  She was also a named the 2009 NCAC Most Outstanding Distance Runner.  At the conference level, Navarre was a two-time runner of the year and a seven-time All-Conference performer.  This spring she was presented with the Dale S. Googins Commitment Award which honors a Denison athlete who best displays self-discipline and excellence.  She leaves Denison with four school records in track & field.

Navarre's list of accomplishments outside the athletic realm runs deep.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa with an outstanding 3.96 grade point average, Navarre was awarded with the Denison Presidential Medal which is the highest honor given to a graduating senior at DU.  She earned a bachelor of arts in English and was the recipient of two NCAA postgraduate scholarships.  She was first awarded the NCAA's women's enhancement postgraduate scholarship for careers in athletics, and then she became Denison's 44th recipient of the NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Her dedication to community service has also been an integral piece of Navarre's collegiate experience at Denison.  She has worked as an after school mentor and tutor for underprivileged children through the Denison Community Association.  As a member of the Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council she has also taken part in the annual Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program and the DSAAC Soles4Souls initiative which collects new and gently worn shoes which are distributed to those in need in over 125 countries, worldwide.

The NCAC Woman of the Year is named in honor of former Wittenberg women's basketball coach and Associate Director of Athletics Pam Smith, who had a profound impact upon the athletes she coached and the students she taught over a career which spanned more than two decades.  Smith compiled a career record of 401-170 and led the Tigers to eight NCAA Division III tournament appearances and twelve, 20-win seasons.

Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Capital One Academic All-America Teams Program is the 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.