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June 6, 2011

2011 Season - Tisza named to Capital One academic team

Junior Mike Tisza was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team in men's track & field.

Augustana junior Mike Tisza (Hersey HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District team in men’s track & field, it was announced today. Tisza, a distance runner, was a second team selection.

Tisza was selected as the Vikings’ Most Inspirational Athlete following the recently completed 2011 season. He was also voted team captain for 2012. He won the 5000 meter race at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on Saturday, May 7 with a time of 14:58.84. The day before he placed fourth in the 10,000 with a time of 31:19.91, which is the 10th fastest time in Augustana history.

He set a meet record in the 3000 at the Lutheran Quadrangular during the indoor season when he clocked a winning time of 8:47.59. He also won the 3000 at the Dubuque Open and the mile at the Augustana Open. He was a place winner in the CCIW indoor championship when he anchored the distance medley team to a third place finish with a time of 10:19.68.

During the 2010 cross country season he placed 16th in the CCIW cross country championship. He will serve as team captain in cross country in 2011. Tisza won the 1500 at the Meet of Champions during his freshman season of 2009.

An English and biology major with a grade point average of 3.71, Tisza won a publication award for his work in SAGA, Augustana’s literary magazine. He is the son of Jan and John Tisza of Prospect Heights, Illinois.

The Capital One Academic All-American program is run by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In order to be nominated the individual student-athlete has to have at least a 3.30 grade point average and be a “starter or valuable contributor”. There are eight districts in CoSIDA and each of the eight districts pick an all-district team with the first team selections moving on to the national ballot.

Augustana has long been a force in producing Academic All-Americans. Since the program began in 1952, a total of 135 Augustana student-athletes have garnered Academic All-American recognition. That ranks the Vikings sixth in the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans produced, regardless of division.