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June 17, 2009

2009 Season - Coleman named Academic All-American

For the second consecutive year, Augustana track & field standout Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) has been named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American team, it was announced today. Coleman, a sprinter who graduated in May, was a first team selection a year ago as well.

Coleman has had an outstanding career as a sprinter for the Vikings. She won three straight CCIW indoor titles in the 55 meter dash before finishing second this past season. She has earned NCAA Division III All-American honors twice in her career, both times in the 55 meter dash during the indoor season (2006 & 2008). She won three consecutive CCIW titles in the 100 meter dash outdoors before taking fifth as a senior. In 2007 she was a member of the conference champion 400 relay team.

She has also been on the academic honor roll from the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association each of her previous three seasons.

Coleman was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in April of this past year, becoming the 22nd Augustana athlete to win the award. She was also named the Senior Athlete of the Year at Augustana by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee in May at the annual Blanket Awards Dinner.

In addition to her seven CCIW titles and two All-American certificates, Coleman owns Augustana school records in the 55 (:07.08), 60 (:07.81) and 200 (:25.68) indoors and the 100 (:11.96) outdoors. She is also a member of school records in the 400 and 800 relays.

Twice she has been the winner of the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW, an award that combines athletic accomplishments with academic excellence. She won the award both as a junior and as a senior after the indoor track & field season.

Keli is the daughter of Irvin and Rebecca Coleman of Grayslake and she has a 3.84 grade point average with a major in biology/pre-medicine.

Augustana has a rich and storied tradition of success when it comes to the Academic All-American program. With the selection of Coleman, the Vikings now have produced a total of 130 Academic All-Americans since the program was instituted in 1952. Augustana ranks sixth in the nation in amount of honorees, regardless of division. The national leader is Nebraska with 268 while Notre Dame is second with 206. Penn State (156), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (152) and Stanford (133) are ahead of the Vikings. Rounding out the top 10 are Bucknell (117), Texas (114), UCLA (111) and Illinois Wesleyan (111). Among NCAA Division III institutions Augustana is currently second, trailing only M.I.T.