Courtesy of Elizabethtown, Moravian and Scranton Athletic Communications
TOWSON, Md. - Elizabethtown's Maria Anderson, Moravian's Carly Danoski and Mary Kate Duncan, and Scranton's Caroline Banas were recently named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for NCAA Division III schools.
To be eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.30 grade-point average, be a sophomore, junior or senior and be a starter or significant reserve. District IV in NCAA Division III is made up of schools from Pennsylvania. Moravian has had 48 Greyhounds named Google Cloud Academic All-Americans® selected by CoSIDA.
By making the All-District First Team, all four are now forwarded onto the national ballot to try for Google Cloud Academic All-America® accolades, which will be announced on June 19.
Anderson, the Landmark Conference champion and three-time steeple medalist, ran the program's second-fastest time in the event back in late April at the Penn Relays (10:56.39). The time also set a new Landmark Conference record. She earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Mideast Region honor this season. Anderson, a Fine Arts Education major at Elizabethtown, graduated with a 3.95 GPA.
Danoski finished sixth in her heat and 19th overall in the 800-meter run at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse last week with a time of 2:13.53, the second fastest time in school history. Earlier in May, Danoski set the school record with a time of 2:10.72 to head to the NCAA meet with the seventh best qualifying time in the nation. She was the 2018 Landmark Conference Champion in the 800-meter run and also earned Landmark All-Conference Second Team honors in the 1,500-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay outdoors. Danoski was the 2018 Landmark Conference Indoor Champion in the 800-meter run and 4x400-meter relay, and as a freshman she was on the Landmark All-Conference Second Team in the 800-meter run outdoors and 4x400-meter relay indoors. Off of the track, Danoski has a 3.94 GPA while majoring in environmental science and has made the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll three times while running cross country and both indoor and outdoor track.
Duncan earned her third All-American honor at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships last week with a third place finish in the javelin. She was the National Champion in the even in 2017 and finished fourth in 2016 while competing at the NCAA meet all four years of her career. Duncan, who was selected as Moravian's 2018 Co-Senior Female Athlete of the Year, won the 2018 Landmark Conference Champion in the event after being the Landmark Conference runner-up in 2016 and 2017. She earned her third United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Mideast Region honor this season. This spring she was selected as the 2018 Lehigh Valley Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Most Outstanding in Field as well as Moravian's Co-Most Outstanding. Duncan was also honored as the 2018 Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete for Women's Outdoor Track & Field. Outside of the competition area, Duncan also excelled in the classroom with a 3.82 GPA while majoring in Public Health. She made the Dean's List in each of her eight semesters, and was a member of Moravian's inaugural Chi Alpha Sigma National Athlete Honor Society induction class in April 2018. Duncan was also named to the 2017 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America Second Team, and is a three-time member of the Landmark Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Banas is the first track & field athlete in Scranton history to receive Academic All-District honors. In the classroom, she sports a 3.92 cumulative GPA while majoring in nursing. She was a Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll selection after both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Earlier this year, Banas became the first track & field All-American in Scranton history when she received the honor after finishing seventh in the high jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. It capped an indoor season in which she won the Landmark Conference title on Feb. 24 with a championship meet record of 1.67 meters. She also set the conference's indoor high jump record when she cleared 1.71 meters at Cornell on Feb. 17.
During the spring season, Banas again won the conference outdoor high jump title, matching the outdoor championship record by clearing 1.62 meters to win the title. She also set the Landmark outdoor high jump record by clearing 1.67 meters at Muhlenberg on April 7, a feat she matched three weeks later at King's. Banas went on to finish 17th in the high jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past Friday.