Three TF/XC Athletes are Academic All-Americans

Three TF/XC Athletes are Academic All-Americans

SPOKANE, Wash. – The rich keep getting richer for Whitworth University track and field and cross country in terms Academic All-Americans.

Already the programs with the most Academic All-Americans in school history, the Pirate track and field and cross country teams added three more honorees in 2017-18.

Kayla Leland, Marissa Mount and Andrew Bloom are all members of the 2018 Google Cloud Division III Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country teams.  All three are third team selections.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) coordinate the Google Cloud Academic All-America program and it is the most prestigious collegiate academic honors program in the country.  Of the 47 Academic All-Americans in Whitworth's history, 21 have been from the track and field and/or cross country teams.

Click here for the official CoSIDA press release

Leland (Sr., Spokane) was an All-American in three sports in 2017-18, beginning with a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.  She finished fifth in the 5,000 meters at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.  Leland closed out her season with a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  In between Leland was the 2018 Northwest Conference women's track Athlete of the Year after she won the 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters in less than 24 hours.  Leland is a health science and Spanish double major who carried a 3.94 GPA into the spring semester.  She will attend graduate school at Washington State University this fall.

Mount (Jr., San Jose, Calif.) has a 4.00 GPA through the spring semester as an accounting and finance double major.  She was an All-Region and second team All-Northwest Conference honoree in cross country while helping Whitworth win a third straight NWC title and national championship berth.  She went on to claim the NWC title in the 3,000 steeplechase and finish fourth in that event at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning Division III All-America recognition.  Only Leland's time in that event is faster in Whitworth and Northwest Conference history.

Bloom (Gr., Stanwood, Wash.) is now a three-time All-American in the javelin throw after finishing third in that event last month at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  The 2016 NCAA Division III champion and 2017 Northwest Conference champion graduated from Whitworth in May of 2017 with a 3.82 GPA.  He is enrolled in Whitworth's M.Ed. program in Administrative Leadership.  He will compete this week at the U.S.A. Track & Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.