Courtesy of Moravian Athletics
AUSTIN, Texas --- Moravian College senior Mary Kate Duncan has been selected to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, 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.
Duncan, who was named to the Academic All-America Second Team a year ago, earned Moravian's 50th Google Cloud Academic All-American® selected by CoSIDA honor. She is the tenth Greyhound to earn multiple Academic All-America honors and an the seventh of that group to move up to the First Team on the second selection. Fifteen of Moravian's 50 selections have come from the women's cross country and track & field programs.
Duncan earned her third All-American honor at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships in May 2018 with a third place finish in the javelin. She was the National Champion in the event 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 was a two-time ECAC Division III Champion, and Duncan 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 3.84 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 a three-time member of the Landmark Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
"I feel like I run short of superlatives to describe Mary Kate," commented Head Coach Jesse Baumann. "She has always been disciplined, focused, humble, and driven. Consequently there's no surprise she accumulated so many awards and accolades during her career here. She worked hard when nobody was watching, and those are the attributes that effectively transfer to success in the classroom and in athletics. Additionally, she's always been great at competing when the lights were the brightest which is how she's been as successful as she has been at large meets to get the attention and achievements she worked so hard to earn."