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Four Warrior Runners Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honor

LEWISTON, Idaho – Four Lewis-Clark State College men’s and women’s student-athletes earned 2021-22 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for track and field/cross country, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday.

Emily Adams and Ashley Britt from the Warrior women’s cross country and track programs joined Cole Olsen and Clayton VanDyke from the men’s teams as the four Warrior honorees. All are seniors except Britt, who is a junior.

The 2021‐22 Academic All‐District Track and Field/Cross Country Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student‐athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Adams, a five-time all-conference honoree after using an extra season granted by the NAIA for COVID-19, is a kinesiology major with a 3.73 GPA. She finished eighth at the Cascade Conference Cross Country Championships last fall and also was an academic all-conference selection. Britt has a 3.64 GPA and is majoring in nursing. She is currently competition at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Gulf Shores, Ala., in the 400 hurdles. She earned an 8th place finish and All-American status in the 600 meters indoor national track meet a year ago and was a national qualifier in one event and one relay at both the indoor and outdoor national meets last year.

Olsen, who has a 3.82 GPA and is a kinesiology major, and VanDyke, a graphic communications major with a 3.92 GPA, continue to add to their decorated careers.

Olsen is a four-time All-American and all-conference honoree in cross country. During his senior year, he finished in the top 10 of every race, including second twice and ninth at nationals. He earned All-American honors in indoor track both his junior and senior seasons and was a four-time NAIA National Runner of the Week. As a junior, he was the Cascade Conference’s Cross Country Runner of the Year and won the conference title in the 10,000m.

VanDyke was recently named the Cascade Conference’s U.S. Bank Male Co-Scholar-Athlete for the second consecutive year. VanDyke has put together a historic season, highlighted by an individual national title in the indoor 800m. This season alone, he set LC State program records in the indoor 600m (1:20.30), indoor 800m (1:50.29), indoor 1,000m (2:26.23), indoor mile (4:07.79), outdoor 800m (1:49.43) and outdoor 1,500m (3:45.71.). He was also a member of record-setting indoor 4x400m relay (3:23.66), outdoor 4x400m relay (3:21.08) and outdoor 4x800m relay (7:46.52) teams.

“What a great honor for all three of these seniors and Ashley,” LC State Cross Country and Track and Field coach Mike Collins said. “What a great honor for us to have them representing us in our program. All three are going out at high levels within their athletics as well as their academics. It is very important to us that they continue to be recognized for their work both in and out of the competition arena and no doubt that Ashley will continue to carry the baton into next year.”

The four join golf’s Carlos Davila, Devon Caruso and Deana Caruso, tennis’ Kyla Collier and William Bruchard, volleyball’s Channa Hart, men’s basketball’s Al Sommerfield, and baseball’s Luke White and Joe Ball as CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees for LC State this school year.

NAIA District 4 covers 15 western states and Canada. Nominees must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be a key starter or reserve. They must be at least a sophomore in standing and have been at LC State for at least one calendar year.