Chelimo earns Academic All-America status
TOWSON, Md. - Alaska Anchorage junior Micah Chelimo added one more accolade to a tremendous season Wednesday as he was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Div. II Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team.
A native of Kapkoi, Kenya, Chelimo, who registered a 3.41 GPA in engineering, capped off the 2012 slate as the NCAA 5,000 meters champion in May, helping the Seawolves to their first-ever top-10 team finish at Nationals. Chelimo also took home NCAA Div. II West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Track Athlete of the Year honors.
Chelimo became the third UAA track & field/cross country student-athlete to be selected Academic All-American, while joining seniors Jaime Bronga (skiing, 1st team) and Hanna Johansson (women's basketball, 3rd team) as Seawolves who were honored in their respective sports in 2011-12.
The team, voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizes the top male and female student-athletes in terms of both academic and athletic accomplishment from among NCAA Div. II schools and is the official standard for Academic All-America honors.