Loyola Marymount University (LMU) track and field athlete Laura Mickelson has been named to the “ESPN The Magazine” Academic All-District 8 track and cross country first-team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

In addition to the all-district selection, Mickelson was awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship and named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team after the cross country season.

Mickelson, who graduated with a degree in natural science after posting a 3.95 grade-point average earlier this year, was the only athlete from the West Coast Conference to receive the grant.

The LMU distance runner, who earned her second All-West Coast Conference academic selection in cross country, finished 61st at the NCAA National Championship, 15th at the West Regional to claim an All-Region selection, and was second at the WCC Champion- ship this year.

The LMU men’s and women’s track teams also garnered Coaches Association All-Academic team selections earlier this year.

On the track this season, Mickelson turned in times of 4:49.79 in the 1,500 meters; a team-best 9:58.93 in the 3,000 meters; 10:44.9 in the two-mile race; 35:33.69 in the 10,000 meters; and 16:58.96 in the 5,000 meters in her final race at Georgia Tech May16th.

As a first team all-district selection, Mickelson advances on to the national academic All-America ballot, which will be announced Wednesday, June 25th.

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