Ahbe Named Capital One Academic All-American
June 26, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University track and field senior pole vaulter Kelsie Ahbe was named a third-team Capital One Academic All-American, the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.
Ahbe is the 14th student-athlete of the track and field program to earn Academic All-America honors and the 94th overall IU student-athlete. Since 2009 the track and field program has had at least one student-athlete earn this honor each year, and a total of 11 Academic All-America honors by seven different student-athletes in that time span.
“I am very proud of Kelsie for earning this honor,” IU head coach Ron Helmer said. “She has had an impressive year athletically and has been a great leader for this team with her hard work and dedication both in competition and in the classroom.”
Ahbe recently completed her IU career by winning the Big Ten Indoor Championship and finishing runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn First Team All-America honors. Ahbe vaulted 4.40m (14-5.25 feet) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to set a new IU school record and will leave IU holding the indoor and outdoor school records in the pole vault.
Her senior year Ahbe earned first-team All-Big Ten, first team All-America, Capital One Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten honors. Ahbe has continued a strong tradition of Hoosiers in the pole vault and since 2008 IU pole vaulters have earned 11 All-America honors and have had seven different athletes qualify for a NCAA Championship meet.
Ahbe joins former teammate and mentor Vera Neuenswander-Schmitz as the second IU pole vaulter to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Championships and Capital One Academic All-America honors.
Ahbe and Neuenswander finished sixth and fourth respectively at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Similarly Ahbe and sophomore Sydney Clute finished second and eighth at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships to each earn First Team All-America honors.
Outside of competition Ahbe has been involved in the IU nursing program and is current pursuing a graduate degree in public health administration.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve or participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least a 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 19,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
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