Marisa Clapp Named To Verizon Academic All-America First Team
, June 19, 2003 – Springfield College junior Marisa Clapp
was named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-America College Division Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, announced today.
, who hails from Charlton, Mass.
, becomes the fifth student-athlete in Springfield College history to earn First Team Academic All-America honors. She is just the second female athlete to garner this award. Barbara Swallow
, who was also a star on the SC women’s track & field and cross country teams, accomplished this feat in the 2000-2001 season.
This is the first time that two Springfield College student-athletes have earned First Team Academic All-America honors in the same academic year. Senior offensive lineman Ben Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.)
was awarded Academic All-America honors in football in November.
Clapp was a second-team Verizon Academic All-American in 2002. She placed seventh in the 1,500-meter event (4:32.98) at the NCAA Division III Championships (May 24), earning her fifth-career All-America title. Earlier in the season, Clapp was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year after winning the 800, 1,500, and 5,000-meter events at the NEWMAC Track & Field Championships (April 27). In the fall, she finished 18th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship (Nov. 23), and earned NEWMAC Runner-of-the-Year honors in women’s cross country for the second consecutive season. Clapp carries a 3.95 grade point average (g.p.a.) as a sports management major.
To be eligible for the Verizon Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must have earned a spot on his all-district team. The student-athlete must have a minimum 3.2 g.p.a. and be a starter or significant reserve on his team. The team is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSida).
Head Coach Jim Pennington
Jim Pennington enters his 30th season as head coach of the Springfield College women’s cross country and track and field teams in 2013-2014. Under Pennington’s direction, the Pride has recorded seven top 20 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and seven top 15 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
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