June 23, 2011

Track & Field's Dugan Named CoSIDA Academic All-American

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire women's track and field team was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. 

Dugan, a chemistry major with a near-perfect 3.98 GPA, was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and the America East Track & Field All-Academic Team, both for the second straight year, and received the UNH Athletic Director's Award for Academic Excellence, awarded to a female senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point-average. 

Dugan, a multi-event specialist, enjoyed a strong senior campaign this past outdoor season as she placed third in the heptathlon at the America East Championships and took fourth in the event at the New England Championships. Earlier this season, Dugan captured a second-place finish at the Holy Cross Heptathlon with 4,109 points. During the indoor season, Dugan claimed an individual title in the pentathlon at the New England Championships and placed 11th in the event at the ECAC Championships.

CoSIDA selects Academic All-American teams in 12 sports. A first team and second team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. 

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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