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Tarsa Named Third-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, June 19, 2018 | Women's Track & Field
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College junior Graceanne Tarsa has been named to the third team of the 2018 NCAA Division III Academic All-America women's track and field/cross country team as sponsored by Google Cloud and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Tarsa, a Traverse City, Mich., native and a Traverse City Central High School graduate, holds a 4.00 grade point average while majoring in biology and mathematics. Tarsa won the pole vault and was part of the champion distance medley relay at the MWC Indoor Track and Field Championship in February. She also won the pole vault at the MWC Outdoor championship in May and was fifth in the 1,500-meter run. This past October, Tarsa placed sixth overall at the MWC Cross Country Championship and earned the MWC Elite 20 Award at the event, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average competing.

Tarsa currently holds St. Norbert records in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault, both set in 2018. Tarsa's indoor record 11 feet 2 1/4 inches, while her outdoor standard is 11 feet 1 inch.

St. Norbert women's track and field and cross country swept the three MWC championships in 2017-18, becoming the first school in conference history to win those three titles in one year for two consecutive years.

Since the inception of the CoSIDA Academic All-America program in 1952, 52 St. Norbert College student-athletes have been selected for 71 awards. Tarsa is the fifth women's thinclad in St. Norbert history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. The quintet has amassed eight total awards.

To be eligible for national or regional selection, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. The Academic All-America team is selected after All-District teams are picked from eight geographic regions nationally.

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