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06/26/2012

Two Seniors Earn Academic All-America Honors

SUNY Cortland seniors Alyson Dalton and Jenna Evarts have each been named to the 2012 Capital One Division III Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-America Third Team.

Academic All-Americans are chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In addition, Dalton and Evarts were selected to the District 3 academic all-district first team. Under a new structure this year, NCAA Division III schools are no longer combined with other divisions for CoSIDA academic awards. In Division III, District 3 encompasses all schools in New York state.

Dalton, a kinesiology major from Sherrill/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, entered the spring semester with a 3.83 overall grade point average. During her senior year, she earned three All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, an eighth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track and Field Championships and a 30th-place showing at the NCAA Div. III Cross Country Championships. She was also a cross country All-American as a junior in 2010 with a 31st-place national finish.

Evarts, a childhood education major from West Islip, N.Y., began the spring semester with a 4.05 grade point average. She was part of Cortland's winning 4x400-meter relay at the 2012 SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships and ran on winning 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams at the 2011 ECAC Div. III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She competed in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes at the 2012 ECAC Indoor Championships and in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2012 ECAC Outdoor Championships.

Cortland won SUNYAC women’s outdoor track and field titles in both 2011 and 2012 and was the SUNYAC women’s indoor champion in 2012. The Red Dragons also won the 2010 SUNYAC women's cross country crown.

Five SUNY Cortland student-athletes among all sports earned national Academic All-America honors during the 2011-12 school year. In addition to Dalton and Evarts, Cortland's honorees included men's lacrosse attackman Mike Tota, softball infielder Abby Martin and football quarterback Dan Pitcher.