Loyola Marymount University (LMU) junior track and cross-country runner Laura Mickelson was selected to the first team of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District women’s track/ cross country team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday, June 7th.
A second-team Academic All-District selection last season, Mickelson is a first-team pick this year after advancing to the NCAA National Cross Country Championship in the fall and the NCAA West Track Regional in the spring.
She earned the athletic achievements while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.95 in a double-major of natural science and pre-physical therapy, LMU officials said. She is also working toward a minor in business administration.
As a first-team all-district selection, Mickelson now advances to the pool of candidates for Academic All-American. The All-Americans will be announced later this month.
The El Segundo native was named LMU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season in April. She is also a two-time West Coast Conference (WCC) All-Academic selection.
Competing year-round with both the LMU cross-country and track programs, Mickelson accumulated numerous honors, LMU officials said. In the fall, she was crowned the WCC Cross Country Champion, winning the 6K title by well over a minute.
She advanced through NCAA Regionals, earning All-Region honors, and placed in the nation’s top-50 at the NCAA National Championships in the 6K.
In the spring, Mickelson advanced to NCAA Regionals for the second-consecutive season, finishing in the top-15 in the 5000 meters.
The College Sports Information Directors of America selects Academic All-America teams in 12 athletic programs.
The selections are made from athletes who meet specific criteria, including a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average with sophomore standing and significant athletic contributions to their team.