July 1, 2013

Breese earns second Academic All-America honor

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-America honors in cross country/track and field from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

It is the second straight year that Breese has earned Academic All-America distinction. She earned Second Team Academic All-America honors following her junior season. Additionally, Breese captured First Team Academic All-District recognition in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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.

Four Grove City student-athletes earned Academic All-America honors during the 2012-13 academic year. Football player Chris Gibbs (Akron, Ohio/Revere), swimmer Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) and tennis player Caleb Fuller (Columbus, Ind./Homeschooled) also earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America this year.

All-time, Grove City has produced 42 Academic All-Americans, including 23 since 2002.

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