June 30th, 2013

BU runners earn Academic All-American status

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

BU runners earn Academic All-American status
Sandlin (top), Musk (middle), Frith (bottom) earn Academic All-American honor

Bellarmine University cross country and track & field athletes Robert Sandlin, Jr., Angela Musk, and Emily Frith have each earned Capital One Academic All-American honors after a national vote by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Sandlin was named to the first team; Musk earned second team honors; and Frith was been named to the third team.  Selection is based on outstanding performance both academically and athletically.

A Frankfort, Ky. native, Sandlin crossed the finish line in 4th place in the 1,500m at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 3:56.41 and was part of distance medley relay team that finished sixth in the indoor championships to earn All-America honors in both outdoor and indoor track this season. An exercise science major with a 3.93 grade point average, Sandlin was also named to the All-Midwest Regional Team in cross country with a 13th place finish and was recently named as the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's track.

Musk completed a dominating year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, earning "Runner of the Year" honors in cross country and "Athlete of the Year" honors in indoor track. She earned All-America honors by finishing 12th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships then followed it up with a 8th place finish in the 1,500m run at Outdoor Track & Field Championships, also being named an All-American. A psychology and art double-major, she was named the GLVC's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the fall and won the same honor for track and field in the spring.

After missing the early parts of the cross country season due to an injury, Frith came back strong to finish 31st overall in the NCAA Div. II National Championships to earn All-America honors. The Crab Orchard, Ky., native also earned All-Region and All-GLVC accolades for cross country.  In track, Frith helped the Bellarmine's indoor team to their second straight GLVC title and was named the GLVC Track Athlete of the Week on April 24 after setting a new program record in the 5,000m with a time of 17:08.74.

About the Capital One Academic All-America® Program:

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. The Academic All-America program began in 1952 and is the original awards program to recognize student-athletes based on both academic and athletic criteria. 


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