Kijowski earns CoSIDA Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-District®

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CoSIDA Academic All District


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 Team.

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 season.

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 on

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