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Tarsa, Herman Earn Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, June 25, 2019 | Women's Track & Field
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College has two women's track and field athletes selected to the Google Cloud College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) NCAA Division III Academic All-America Team.

Graceanne Tarsa was a second-team Academic All-America choice after being a third-team honoree a year ago. Kaitlyn Herman is a third-team selection. Both are seniors.

Tarsa, a Traverse City, Mich., native and a Traverse City Central High School graduate, holds a 3.96 grade point average while majoring in biology and mathematics. Tarsa finished 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship in May. Named the outstanding track performer at the 2019 MWC Indoor and Outdoor championships, Tarsa won the 1,500-meter run, 3,000-meter steeplechase and pole vault at this year's outdoor meet while also claiming titles in the 800-meter and 1-mile run at this season's indoor championship. Tarsa also won MWC women's cross country individual championship this past October. Overall, Tarsa has won 10 MWC championships - five outdoor, four indoor and one cross country.

Herman, a Black Creek native and a Seymour High School graduate, holds a 3.98 grade point average in biochemistry. Herman registered the Midwest Conference outdoor title in the shot put in May at Schneider Stadium, her fifth overall MWC indoor or outdoor championship. She also has three career MWC runner-up finishes.

St. Norbert women's track and field now has six athletes who have combined for 10 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards. Joining Tarsa and Herman are Jill Nelson (1990, second and 1991, first), Laura Salm (1993, first), Emily Schudrowitz (2011, second and 2012, first) and Kelsey Timm (2011, second and 2012, second).

Since the inception of the CoSIDA Academic All-America program in 1952, 55 St. Norbert College student-athletes have been selected for 76 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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