Lincoln's Michelle Cumberbatch Named Academic All-American

4 years 4 weeks 1 day ago June 26, 2013 Jun 26, 2013 Wednesday, June 26 2013 Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:26:00 PM CDT in Sports

JEFFERSON CITY- Lincoln senior Michelle Cumberbatch was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American third team. The honor, which is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America and was released on Wednesday (June 26), recognizes the nation's top student-athletes based on performance both on the field and in the classroom.

Cumberbatch, who was the national runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 23-25), entered the national title meet ranked third in the country in that event. A member of Lincoln's national title-winning 4x400-meter relay team at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, Cumberbatch also earned an All-American distinction in that event after helping Lincoln finish as the national runner-up at the outdoor national championships. Cumberbatch finished the indoor season ranked third in the MIAA and ninth nationally in the indoor 400-meter and ended the year ranked fourth in the MIAA in the outdoor 400-meter.

Cumberbatch's performance this season helped Lincoln win its third-straight MIAA indoor and MIAA outdoor championships. The Blue Tigers finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships and tied for third at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Lincoln was ranked No. 1 in the country by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for most of the outdoor season and also reached the top national ranking just before the national championships during the indoor season.

Eight MIAA athletes received academic all-american honors, with Erin Alewine (Central Missouri), Emily Ballock (Pittsburg State) and Makayla McPhail (Fort Hays State) each earning first team recognition. Deborah Boedeker (Truman State) and Monica Wuertz (Pittsburg State) represented the league on the second team while Rachel McCarroll (Truman State) and Larissa Richards (Pittsburg State) joined Cumberbatch on the third team.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

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