AUSTIN, Texas – Alaska Anchorage senior Jamie Ashcroft made more program history Thursday when she became the first Seawolf track & field athlete to earn First Team Academic All-America honors, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

With a 3.85 overall grade-point average in health sciences, Ashcroft was among 15 student-athletes to make the first team, which recognizes the top combined athletic and academic performers from over 300 NCAA Div. II women's track & field and cross country programs. Fifteen student-athletes apiece were also recognized on the second and third teams.

Before graduating last month with magna cum laude honors, the Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, native capped a brilliant 4-year career with All-America honors in the indoor 200 meters (7th place, 24.13 seconds) and the NCAA West Region Female Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year award in 2017. Despite fighting through injuries in the outdoor campaign, she managed three all-conference honors and helped the Seawolves to the GNAC team title, while provisionally qualifying for NCAAs.

Ashcroft finished her career as a four-time GNAC champion indoors in the 60 meters and a three-time champion outdoors in the 100 meters and 200 meters. She became just the second female athlete in GNAC history to become a four-time champion indoors, winning the 60 this year with a time of 7.55 seconds, while also capturing her third indoor title in the 200 meters with a time of 24.09 seconds.

Ashcroft becomes the first Seawolf in any sport to earn a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America award since women's skier Jaime Bronga in 2012. She also joins teammate Karolin Anders (3rd Team, 2015), Ruth Keino (3rd Team, 2013) and Mandy Kaempf (2nd Team, 2006) as Seawolf women's track & field athletes to make the first, second or third team.