June 19, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana junior cross country and track field athlete Audrey Giesler has been named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-America® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Third-Team. This marks the first time in IU women's track and field and cross country history that a student-athlete has earned this distinction.
Although this is the first time that IU has had a track and field and cross country Academic All-American, the Hoosiers have been well-represented on Academic All-American teams. Indiana has had at least one honoree each of the last five years. IU women's golfer Karen Dennison was named to the Verizon Academic All-America® Women's At-Large First-Team earlier this season, so Giesler's selection is the 11th time in school history that the Hoosiers have had multiple Academic All-Americans in the same season.
Hoosier cross country coach Judy Wilson is equally proud of Giesler's success in the classroom and on the track and cross country course.
"Audrey puts the maximum effort into everything she does," Wilson said. "She has always been a model student, so this is well-deserved recognition for her. As for track and cross country, this past year was monumental in Audrey's development as a national competitor. In Big Ten cross country, she went from 49th to sixth, and she won the league title and set a record in the steeple. That sums up her determination, focus and desire to succeed."
Giesler has been one of the top performers in the Big Ten in both track and cross country. In outdoor track, she set the Big Ten 3000m steeplechase record (10:14.19) en route to the individual league title in the event. Giesler finished fourth in the NCAA Mideast Region in the 3000m steeplechase to advance to the NCAA Championship. The biology major and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree also won IU's Tichenor Medal, awarded to the female student-athlete with the top grade point average.
A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Giesler was IU's top finisher at the 2002 Big Ten cross country meet, taking sixth overall. She finished 14th at the Great Lakes Regional with a time of 21:46.8, and her season-best and career-best 6K performance came at the NCAA Championship, when she finished in 21:03.3.