Courtesy of Moravian & Susquehanna Athletic Communications
AUSTIN, Texas - The 2017 Academic All-America® Division III Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have been announced Wednesday afternoon.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® accolades, 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. Beginning in 2011-12, the program is made up of four levels – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division (NAIA, Canadian colleges and junior colleges). Duncan was on the All-District IV First Team to advance to the national ballot, and District IV in NCAA Division III is made up of schools from Pennsylvania. Duncan is Moravian's 45th Academic All-American®.
This spring, Mary Kate Duncan won the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Javelin National Championship with a personal best and tenth longest in school history of 46.26 meters (151-9) on the opening day of the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship meet hosted by The University of Mount Union and the City of Cleveland at the SPIRE Institute on May 25. She became Moravian's 21st NCAA Division III National Champion and the 20th from the track & field program. Duncan is the second Greyhound to win the women's javelin title, joining former Hound, Danish Olympian and Academic All-American Christina Scherwin, who won the title in 2002 and 2003, the latter with a meet record toss of 55.34 meters (181-6) that still stands.
Off of the field, Duncan is majoring in Public Health, and she has a 3.79 GPA. She is a two-time selection to the Landmark Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll, and she has made the dean's list in each of her semesters at Moravian. Duncan is a member of the Newman Association and Spanish Club on campus. She was elected as the Junior Class representative to Student Government.
Seniors Gabrielle Alguire and Amy Kashack capped successful careers with selection to the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-American squad.
Alguire, a four-time All-American in the javelin and four-time national academic award winner from the track and field coaches association, earned her first CoSIDA honor with selection to the team after earning First-Team All-District honors announced in May. Alguire won her fourth straight Landmark Conference javelin title as well in 2017.
Kaschak, the Landmark Conference champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the conference's Senior Scholar-Athlete award winner, was also a First-Team All-District award winner and completed her college career with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Kaschak was also a national academic award honoree for track and field as well as cross country.