PITTSBURGH - Larissa Kijowski earned Carlow University its first
ever CoSIDA Academic All-District® honor when she was named to the
2020 Academic All-District® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country
The Academic All-America® program has been in existence since
1952 and it is the premier award given by the College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The organization aims to
recognize the very best student-athletes in the nation, honoring
both athletic achievements and academic accomplishments. The 2020
Academic All-District® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country
Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top
student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and
in the classroom.
To be nominated, athletes must have a 3.30 cumulative GPA, have
been at the University at least one full year and participated in
at least 50 percent of the contests.
Kijowski, a junior nursing major from Dayton, Pa., has a 3.85
GPA in the rigorous program. She is the first runner since the
program was reinstated in 2012 to earn a bid to NAIA nationals in
Cross Country. Her 20:08 finish earned her sixth place out of 92
cross country runners at the 2019 River States Conference Cross
Country Championships. Kijowski's time also garnered all-conference
first team honors.
During the indoor track season, she set a school record and met
the NAIA "A" indoor track qualifying time in the 1,000-meter run.
She finished with a time of 3:00.28 and punched her ticket to
another NAIA national event.
Kijowski currently holds school records in several track events:
400 (indoor and outdoor), 600 (indoor), 800 (indoor and outdoor),
1,000 (indoor), 1,500 (outdoor), 1 mile (indoor).
She also earned RSC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week twice this
Additionally, Kijowski recently received the Celtic
Student-Athlete Award. The University award is presented to the
student who represents the balance between academic and athletic
achievement, with the emphasis on academic achievement.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes
track & field/cross country honorees in four divisions - NCAA
Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. Honorees
selected first-team Academic All-District® will advance to the
CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic All-America® honorees
will be announced from June 22-25. For more information about
CoSIDA's Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams
program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com on CoSIDA.com.
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