Birger named Academic All-American

By Doug Fitzgerald published June 4, 2004

Cross country/track athlete Ashley Birger was named second team academic All-American, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announced Friday.

Birger, a biology major, has maintained a perfect 4.00 grade-point average and earned the CU-Colorado Springs Athletic Department's Highest GPA Award for the 2003-04 academic year. She will be entering her junior year this fall.

But Birger also excelled away from the classroom. She was named All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning a trip to the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She finished seventh in her heat at nationals, narrowly missing a qualifying time for the finals.

Birger was also one of the Mountain Lions' top cross country runners. She finished among the team's top five in every meet this past season.

2004 Academic All-District VII Women's Cross Country/Track & Field (College Division) Team

First Team
Name, School, Dist., Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major (s)
Kristin Anderson, Cent. Missouri State, VII, Jr Richfield, Ohio, 3.96, marketing
Anna Doherty, Cornell College, VII, Jr, Stillwater, Minn., 4.00, English and Spanish
Kelly Foley, Wartburg College, VII, Sr, Tipton, Iowa, 3.99, psychology
Rachel Goetz, Emporia State, VII, Sr, Ottawa, Kan., 3.93, economics
Kate Hamera, Missouri-Rolla, VII, Sr, Easton, Mo., 4.00, aerospace engineering
Carissa VanGundy Marshall, Pittsburg State, VII, Sr, Americus, Kan., 4.00, recreation
Gina Morgan, Nebraska Wesleyan, VII, Sr, Lincoln, Neb., 4.00, biology
Abbey Oshel, Pittsburg State, VII, Sr, Clay Center, Kan., 3.97, biology (pre-medicine)
Raegan Schultz, Central College, VII, Sr, Barnum, Iowa, 3.90, business management
Mary Still, Missouri Southern St., VII, Sr, Carthage, Mo., 3.98, English and psychology

Second Team
Name, School, Dist., Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major (s)
Ashley Birger, Colorado-Colo. Springs, VII, So, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4.00, biology
Jenna Boerboom, Coe College, VII, Sr, Walnut Grove, Minn., 3.83, biology, general science
Lindsey Clark-Ryan, Washington Univ. (Mo.), VII, Sr, Bradenton, Fla., 3.92, English and printmaking
Kinsey Coles, North Dakota State, VII, Sr, Hillsboro, N.D., 3.76, pre-elementary education
Megan Nelson, Pittsburg State, VII, Jr, Badlwin City, Kan., 4.00, English and education
Jennifer Oâ€TMNeill, Upper Iowa, VII, Sr, Waukon, Iowa, 4.00, English and communications
Jaclyn Peterson, Cornell College, VII, Jr, Bloomington, Minn., 3.99, economics & business
Jessica Schill, North Dakota, VII, Sr, Grad Forks, N.D., 3.97, elementary education
Kate Van Dusseldorp, Buena Vista University, VII, Sr, Iowa City, Iowa, 4.00, elementary education
Alisha Williams, Western State College, VII, Jr, Frederick, Colo., 3.88, business

The average GPA of the first team is 3.97 (on a 4.0 scale) and the average of the second team is 3.94.
62 student-athletes were nominated by 29 member institutions.
Of the 20 student-athletes honored, 14 were seniors, five were juniors and one was a sophomore.


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