Gall One of 17 Semi-Finalists for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup
Dec. 11, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two-time All-American Jessica Gall was one of 17 semi-finalists for the 2006 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, presented by the Athletes for a Better World, the organization announced on Dec. 8. She was one of 92 student-athletes nominated for the award.
In order to be nominated for the Coach Wooden Cup, a student-athlete must exemplify the values of training with discipline and a consistent work ethic, demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship, develop positive supportive relationships with teammates and coaches, win or lose with grace and dignity and contribute significantly to society by volunteering.
"I think Jess is well ahead of her time in terms of what she has experienced at Indiana," IU head women's cross country coach Judy Wilson said. "Jess is driven and knows what she wants to do and doesn't let all of the setbacks she has experienced distract her."
Gall, a four-time NCAA qualifier, became one of the first women in IU cross country history to earn a spot at nationals in each year of competition. The West Lafayette, Ind., native led the Hoosier pack in six consecutive meets this season, placing among the top 10 on five occasions. Her top finish of the year was when she claimed the individual title at Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 15, with a career-best time of 17:36.3, leading Indiana to its fourth consecutive meet championship.
"I think what shows how tough Jess is, is how she races," Wilson said. "With her racing, it's kind of like the tougher the situation you put her in, the better she does. Jess has never backed down from anything. She has the type of dedication to want to do everything she can to run as fast as she can in four years. You don't get that from everybody. There are not many people that have a sign on their door that says 'Champions go to bed at 10:30,' and then Jess does it, most of the time."
As the president of Indiana's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Gall has been involved in many community activities, including serving as the liaison for IU with the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family, Read Across America and participating in National Girls and Women in Sports Day activities. She also volunteers twice a month at Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
Gall is a member of the Dean of Students Dick McKaig's Student Advisory Board, the IU Faculty Athletics Committee, and the IU Faculty Athletics Committee Student Welfare and Equity Committee.
Gall, in her first semester of graduate school, was also one of eight Big Ten fall sport student-athletes with a 4.0 grade point average, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors for a fifth time.
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