Women's Cross Country

    Gall Earns IU's Fourth Straight NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

    Go Hoosiers! Two-time All-American Jessica Gall is one of just two Hoosiers to qualify for the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships in each season of competition.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Two-time All-American Jessica Gall is one of just two Hoosiers to qualify for the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships in each season of competition.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 7, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two-time All-American Jessica Gall became one of 17 female Division I student-athletes selected by the NCAA to earn the prestigious Postgraduate Scholarship. Gall, who is currently in her final semester of graduate school at Indiana, is the fourth straight Hoosier and seventh overall to receive this honor from the NCAA. The West Lafayette, Ind., native is one of 58 student-athletes (29 females) who participated in a fall sport to be awarded the $7,500 scholarship. Gall plans to pursue a degree in Law after spending the next year training for the 2008 Olympic Trials.

    Gall joins former field hockey standout Kayla Bashore (2006), diver Cassandra Cardinell (2005), track/cross country star Audrey Giesler (2004), golfer Karen Dennison (2004), diver Kimiko Hirai Soldati (1997) and men's soccer standout Brian Maisonnueve (1995) as Hoosier recipients.

    "Jess is one of those student-athletes who has taken all of the gifts that she has been given and utilized them well," IU head women's cross country coach Judy Wilson said. "This is a great honor for her and for our program."

    "I owe a lot of thanks to the IU Athletics Student Development Department, especially Kimya Massey, who coordinated all the parts of the application and stayed up late finishing up all the details to get it to the NCAA in time," Gall said. "I'm also very grateful to Coach Wilson, Bruce Jaffee, our Faculty Athletics Representative, and my political science professor Marjorie Hershey for writing letters of recommendation and to Grace Calhoun and Rick Greenspan for signing off on the application. I am honored to receive this award and join the amazing list of Hoosiers who have won it in the past. I plan to put it to good use in the future and make the most of this chance to pursue higher education."

    Gall, a graduate student in IU's School of Journalism, is a four-time All-Big Ten and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was the 2005 and 2006 Jack D. Tichenor Award winner after boasting the highest cumulative grade point average of any Hoosier female student-athlete. She earned NCAA All-Region honors in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and is a four-time NCAA championship qualifier in cross country, earning All-America honors in 2004 and 2005. Gall was also one of 17 semi finalists in the running for the 2006 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup.

    In 2006, Gall led the Hoosiers in their last seven meets, placing among the top 10 on five occasions. On Nov. 14, she finished fifth overall at the Great Lakes Regional Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, in a time of 21:03.26.

    Not only has Gall seen success on and off the course, she has played an active role in the IU and Bloomington communities. She is in her third year as the Hoosiers' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President and serves on IU Dean of Students Dick McKaig's Student Advisory Board, the IU Faculty Athletics Committee and is an IU Faculty Athletics Committee Student Welfare and Equity Committee member. Gall has participated in many community activities through SAAC, including Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family, Read Across America and National Girls and Women in Sports Day. She is also an active volunteer at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington.

    "Indiana University and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are very excited for Jessica as her wealth of accomplishments are truly exceptional," Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services and Senior Women's Administrator Grace Calhoun said. "She embodies what it means to be a complete student-athlete, and her leadership skills extend far beyond the field of competition. She is a remarkable young lady who will be highly successful in law school and all future endeavors."

    To qualify for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.



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