June 3, 2013

Breese earns Academic All-District

GROVE CITY, Pa. Grove City College cross country/track and field performer Mary Kate Breese (Mercer, Pa./Mercer) recently earned First Team Division III Academic All-District honors in cross country/track and field from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

As a First Team honoree, Breese will now advance to the nationwide Academic All-America ballot. The Academic All-America honorees will be named later this month. Breese earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2012. She also earned First Team Academic All-District in both 2011 and 2012.

Breese earned four letters in cross country and two letters as a distance runner for the women's track and field team. In cross country, Breese helped lead Grove City to four consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference titles. She earned First Team All-PAC in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and Second Team honors in 2010.

She concluded the 2012 cross country season by placing 42nd overall at the NCAA Mideast Championships, helping Grove City take 9th in the 52-team field. That marked Grove City's fourth straight top-10 finish at the Mideast Championships.

This spring, Breese took third at the conference championships in both the 5000 and 10,000. Her efforts helped the Wolverines take second in the team standings, the program's best finish at the conference meet since 2006.

Breese also competed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Springfield, Mass., last month and took 11th overall in the 10,000 meters.

She graduated May 18 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. As a student-athlete, she compiled a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average. Breese earned Dean's List distinction and placement on the conference's Academic Honor Roll.

Twelve Grove City student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition during the 2012-13 academic year. Thirteen Grove City performers earned Academic All-District in 2011-12.

The 2012-13 academic year marks the second year that CoSIDA has based its Academic All-America program on individual divisions within college athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, along with a "College" division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges.

Grove City is now part of District IV for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program. District IV includes all of the NCAA Division III programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

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