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August 11, 2011

2011 Season - Four named USTFCCCA All-Academic

Hannah Hottle is one of four women's track and field athletes to be named to the USTFCCCA "All-Academic Team". To qualify, a student athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met the NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor qualifying standard in his respective event during the 2010-11 school year.

Four Augustana women's track & field standouts have been named to the 2011 United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) "NCAA Division III All-Academic Team", it was announced today. Recently graduated seniors Hannah Hottle (Monmouth-Roseville, Monmouth, Ill.), Ella Mathieson (Lyons Township, LaGrange, Ill.),  Amy Walsh (Cary Grove, Cary, Illinois) and sophomore-to-be Kierra Smith (Creston HS, Creston, Iowa.) were among the total of 328 student-athletes representing 102 colleges and universities to make up the elite squad.

In addition, the entire Augustana team was named as an All-Academic Team, one of just 111 squads in the nation to earn the prestigious honor. The Vikings had a cumulative grade point average of 3.19 for the 2010-11 school year.

The USTFCCCA honors NCAA Division III individuals for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA "All-Academic Team", the student athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met the NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor qualifying standard in his respective event during the 2010-11 school year.

Hottle enjoyed a tremendous career for the Augustana women's track & field team. This past spring, she was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's Track Athlete of the Meet for her performance at the conference championship. She won the 800 in a conference record time of 2:12.07 and she won the 1500 with a time of 4:36.21. Both of these times were fast enough to qualify her for the NCAA Division III national meet in both events. She also anchored the 1600 meter relay team to a second place finish.

A team captain as a senior, Hottle participated in both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division III national meet. Indoors, she qualified in the 800 meter run when she ran a 2:16.06 at the CCIW indoor championships on February 26. During the outdoor season, she anchored the Vikings' 1600 meter relay team the qualified for nationals by running a school record 3:51.04 at the Augustana Twilight meet on May 20. The relay went on to place 10th at the NCAA Division III national meet.

Hottle was named to the USTFCCCA "Scholar Athlete" team for the 2010 season. She was also named Augustana's recipient of the Jack Swartz award for the winter of 2010. She was named the CCIW's "Athlete of the Week" multiple times throughout her career. She was voted MVP for both indoor and outdoor track as a junior and senior. A four year letter winner, Hottle graduated this past spring with a 3.58 grade point average while majoring in biology.

Mathieson also enjoyed a successful career as a member of the women's track and field team. During her senior season, she qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in the long jump and triple jump. She was the CCIW champion in both events and set a new school record in the long jump. She recorded a leap of 18' 6" in the long jump, breaking the old school record by one inch. Her winning leap in the triple jump was recorded at 37' 6". She went on to take 11th at the NCAA Division III national meet in the long jump. A four year letterman, she served as team captain for her senior season and was co-MVP. Mathieson graduated this past spring with majors in biology and psychology and a 3.56 grade point average.
Walsh was also a standout athlete throughout her career with the women's track and field team. She was a member of the 1600 meter relay team that set a new school record and qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet. She placed 7th in the 100 meter hurdles and 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles at the CCIW championships as a senior. As a junior she was named co-MVP for outdoor track and she also place 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles at the conference meet. She is a four time letter winner and served as a team captain during her senior season.

Walsh racked up many awards away from track & field as well. She was the recipient of the Jack Swartz award for the winter of 2009. This past year she was named the winner of the Merle Chapman Leadership Award and she was also name to the Capital One All-District team. A psychology and biology major, Walsh graduated this past spring with a sparkling 3.96 grade point average.

Smith was a key contributor to the Vikings as a freshman. She was also a member of the school record setting and national meet qualifying 1600 meter relay team. She placed 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles and 5th in the 400 meter hurdles at the CCIW championships and was voted co-Most Valuable Freshman this past season. Going into her sophomore year, Smith carries a 3.56 grade point average while majoring in political science and accounting.

-Story written by student assistant Paul Hurd