Towson, Md. - Lenoir-Rhyne's Kate Griewisch has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II Women's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team. The squad is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Griewisch, a senior from Banner Elk, N.C., earns Academic All-American accolades for the second straight year after being named to the second team in 2011.
Griewisch recently finished her collegiate career at Lenoir-Rhyne as a seven-time NCAA Division II All-American in three sports: women's cross country and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.
Griewisch earned All-American honors three times in both women's cross country (2009-11) and outdoor track and field (2011-12) and once in indoor track and field (2012).
In women's cross country, Griewisch finished fourth out of 186 competitors at the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship in Spokane, Wash., this past November and has won the last three Southeast Regional races.
Griewisch also won the SAC Women's Cross Country Championship in 2009 and 2011 and led the Bears to back-to-back league titles in 2008 and 2009.
In outdoor track and field, Griewisch garnered All-American honors in both the women's 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter championships after finishing fourth and third, respectively, in the national finals this past May in Pueblo, Colo.
Griewisch leaves L-R holding school outdoor records in the one mile (5:03), 1,500-meter (4:32), 3,000-meter (10:36), 5,000-meter (16:20) and 10,000-meter (33:44) runs.
Griewisch's All-American honor in indoor track and field came in March in Mankato, Minn., when she placed fourth overall in the 5K at the D-II National Championships.
An outstanding student as well, Griewisch graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne last month with a 3.85 grade point average and a bachelor's degree in biology.
Griewisch is a three-time recipient of the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Of The Year award (2009-11) and was named the female recipient of the Presidents Award in 2010-11. The Presidents Award is the highest honor the South Atlantic Conference gives out on an annual basis.
In addition, Griewisch was recently named the 2011-12 South Atlantic Conference Female Athlete Of The Year and is the league's nominee for the NCAA Woman Of The Year.
2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division II
Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Team
Hope Christie, Wisconsin-Parkside, Sr., Somers, Wis., 3.85, Nursing
Betsy Graney, Grand Valley State, Gr., Harper Woods, Mich., 4.00, Physical Therapy
Kate Griewisch, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., Banner Elk, N.C., 3.85, Biology
Kristen Hixson, Grand Valley State, So., Remus, Mich., 3.95, Biology
Shelby Janutol, Ferris State, Jr., Troy, Mich., 4.00, Biology
Lauren Kleppin, Western State, Sr., South Milwaukee, Wis., 3.85, Art
Lindsay Lettow, Central Missouri, Sr., Urbandale, Iowa, 3.83, Psychology
Rose Mascoli, East Stroudsburg, Jr., Lebanon, Pa., 3.98, Exercise Science
Katelyn Mona, Emporia State, Sr., Lenexa, Kan., 3.99, Health Promotions
Christina Muir, Ferris State, Sr., St. Albans, UNITED KINGDOM, 3.87, Recreation Leadership Management
Rachel Patterson, Grand Valley State, Gr., Rochester, Mich., 4.00, Physical Therapy
Marie Patton, Colorado School of Mines, Jr., Littleton, Colo., 3.97, Engineering Physics
Neely Spence, Shippensburg, Sr., Shippensburg, Pa., 3.85, Human Communications Studies
Amy Varsell, Bentley, Jr., Burlington, Conn., 3.86, Corporate Finance & Accounting
Jennifer Zweifel, Truman State, Sr., Maryville, Mo., 3.71, Health Science
Academic All-American of the Year: Betsy Graney, Grand Valley State