June 3, 2010

Three earn Academic All-District

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Three Grove City College student-athletes earned Cross Country/Track and Field College Division Academic All-District honors from ESPN The Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday morning through voting by the region's sports information directors.

Senior track and field performer Derek Kruse (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) earned First Team Academic All-District while junior cross country runner Garrett Cichowitz (Colorado Springs, Colo./Palmer) and junior track sprinter Kevin Gallagher (Glenmoore, Pa./Downingtown West) each received Second Team honors.

Kruse earned four letters in track and field for Grove City and helped the Wolverines capture Presidents' Athletic Conference titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Kruse took second in both the high jump, 1500-meter run and 1600-meter relay at the PAC Championships. He earned the squad's Most Valuable Performer for the 2010 season.

During his career, Kruse set a new school record in the 1500 with a time of 4 minutes, 2.97 seconds. He qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in both the high jump and 1500 during his career.

Kruse also competed in cross country in fall 2009 and helped Grove City win the conference title. He earned third place individually at the PAC Championships and also helped Grove City earn 10th overall at the NCAA Mideast Championships.

Kruse achieved a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in molecular biology. He earned Dean's List honors along with placement on the PAC Academic Honor Roll. Kruse graduated in May with a bachelor of science degree.

As a First Team selection, Kruse will now advance to the national CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. The Academic All-America squad will be announced later this month. Kruse also earned First Team Academic All-District in 2009.

Cichowitz earned his first Academic All-District award after posting a strong junior season in 2009. He earned PAC Most Valuable Performer honors in cross country for the second consecutive year as he won the individual title at the conference championships. Cichowitz placed fifth at the Mideast Championships and then earned 70th at the NCAA Division III Championships.

A two-time NCAA qualifier, Cichowitz is a three-time All-Mideast honoree and has helped Grove City to conference titles in each of his first three seasons. He is a three-year letterman.

He has achieved a 3.60 GPA as an entrepreneurship/Christian thought major. Cichowitz is a Dean's List student and has been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll. He also earned the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) academic award.

Gallagher has earned three letters as a sprinter for Grove City. He helped Grove City to conference titles in 2008 and 2009 while competing in the 200, 400 and 4x400 relay.

A political science major, Gallagher has earned a 3.88 cumulative GPA during his first three years at Grove City. He has been inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. Gallagher is also a member of the Pi Gamma Mu social science honorary, the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honorary and the Phi Alpha Theta history honorary.

Gallagher has earned Dean's List distinction along with a spot on the PAC Academic Honor Roll.

Twenty Grove City student-athletes earned Academic All-District honors during the 2009-10 academic year. Last year, 19 Grove City student-athletes achieved CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition. The single-season school record is 22, set in 2006-07.

District II includes all non-NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.

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