VERMILLION, S.D. (KWSN)– South Dakota track and field athletes Alexa Duling, Bethany Buell and Jeff Mettler earned Academic All-District honors on Thursday in a release by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The three are eligible to earn Academic All-America honors next month.
Duling, a graduate student with a 4.0 GPA in the Masters of Business program, won the Summit League 400-meter hurdles title and qualified for the NCAA West Region Preliminary this season. She received the Walter Byers Postgraduate scholarship on May 10, which is awarded annually to one male and one female NCAA student-athlete in recognition for outstanding academic achievement and a potential for student success. Duling was an All-American and an Olympic qualifier in the 400 hurdles last year.Buell, who has a 3.97 GPA in psychology, was USD’s 2013 Female Athlete of the Year and currently holds the nation’s top pole vault mark at 14 feet, 7.5 inches. She’ll compete at the NCAA Championships next week and finished third at the championships last year. Buell earned first-team All-America honors this year after placing fifth at the 2013 NCAA indoor championships in March, and currently holds USD’s indoor record at 14 feet, 5.5 inches. She was named Academic All-Summit League for indoor track this season. Mettler, a kinesiology major with a 4.0 GPA, was named 2013 USD Male Athlete and USD Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was named Summit League Indoor Track MVP after winning the 3000-meters and the mile, and placed third in the 5000-meters. Mettler added a league steeplechase title at the Summit League Outdoor Championships in May and qualified for the West Region Preliminary Round in the event. He placed second at the Summit League Cross Country Championships, and was named Academic All-Summit League in both cross-country and indoor track.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 GPA, must have participated in 50 percent of his/her team’s competitions, must have sophomore status or higher and must have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution.
South Dakota is in District VI, which is made up of NCAA D-I schools from South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi. Honorees are chosen by a member vote.
Courtesy: University of South Dakota