IU Among Nation's Best Academic Programs, Gall Earns Top Individual Honor
May 5, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's cross country team earned one of its most impressive honors of the season. As a team, the Hoosiers recorded the second-highest GPA of any women's cross country program in 2005 as announced by the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association (WICCCA) on May 5. More impressively, redshirt junior Jessica Gall led the country with the highest GPA on the All-Academic individuals list, while fellow junior Lindsay Hattendorf claimed the No. 51 position.
Head coach Judy Wilson believes the awards are indicative of the team's outstanding efforts in all areas of their college careers.
"We have always encouraged our student-athletes to strive for academic excellence while pursuing excellence in athletics," Wilson said. "This team award, as well as having two All-Academic individuals, is a testament to their commitment, discipline and time-management skills necessary to succeed in both the classroom and their athletic arena."
As a team, IU compiled the second-highest cumulative GPA in the country for the 2005 season. The Hoosiers only finished behind Mississippi State on the Association's All-Academic team listing. Additionally, the women's cross country team recorded the highest GPA of any team at IU for the fall.
Gall, the only Hoosier to earn All-American honors on more than one occasion, led the nation's runners in the classroom for the 2005 season. Gall, who finished 32nd at the 2005 NCAA Championships, earned her undergraduate degree in political science and has begun graduate work in journalism this spring. The West Lafayette, Ind., native added All-Big Ten and All-Region honors to her already impressive resume for 2005.
"Jessica (Gall) is a high achieving individual who has a very bright future ahead of her," Wilson said. "She is somewhat ahead of her time and it will be exciting to see where she is 10 years from now."
Hattendorf, a health education major, claimed the 51st spot in the WICCCA's All-Academic Individual listing. The Chesterton, Ind., native qualified for the NCAA Championships where she finished 61st. Additionally, Hattendorf took home All-Big Ten and All-Region honors.
For the complete WICCA All-Academic listings, visit www.wiccca.org.
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