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May 30, 2014

Rabenold earns Academic All-District

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College sophomore cross country/track and field standout Emily Rabenold (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) earned First Team Cross Country/Track and Field Academic All-District distinction from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday afternoon, through voting by the region's sports information directors.

As a First Team honoree, Rabenold now advances to the nationwide Academic All-America ballot. The CoSIDA Academic All-America Team will be announced in June.

Rabenold qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in both cross country and track during the 2013-14 academic year. Last week, she placed 15th in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Delaware, Ohio. In November, Rabenold finished 179th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, held in Hanover, Ind.

This spring, Rabenold helped lead Grove City's women's track and field team to the Presidents' Athletic Conference title by winning the conference crown in the steeplechase, the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters. She earned the league's Most Valuable Performer award. Rabenold also took second in the steeplechase at the ECAC Championships May 16 with a school-record time of 10 minutes, 51.03 seconds.

In fall 2013, Rabenold captured conference MVP honors in cross country after taking first place at the PAC Championships in Gibsonia, Pa. She also earned All-Mideast Region recognition by taking 10th place at the Mideast Championships in Bethlehem, Pa.

Rabenold has achieved a 3.89 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in biology. She is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and has earned Dean's List recognition. Rabenold also earned placement on the conference's Academic Honor Roll.

The 2013-14 academic year marks the third 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. 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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