LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego juniors Kellen Levy and Clint Rosser were both named Thursday to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District® Men’s Track/Cross Country First Team for the NCAA Division II District 8, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The awards recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Both Tritons are first-time choices. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America selections will be announced in late June.
Of the 12 student-athletes to make the first team for the NCAA Division II, UCSD, Montana State Billings and Western Oregon had two apiece, with four in all from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Great Northwest Athletic Conference and Pacific West Conference programs are also included in District 8 consideration.
Levy, a Fresno native and graduate of Clovis West High School, excels both on the cross country and track and field squads at UCSD. A literature/writing major with a 3.72 grade-point average, Levy turned in the top times for the Tritons this past season in the 800 (1:55.59), 1500 (3:55.89), 3000 (8:35.00) and 10000 (30:58.93). That latter mark in the 10000 earned him his first conference title in Turlock on May 3 and is the fourth-fastest in UCSD history.
Levy was also the Tritons’ top finisher three times during the 2012 cross country campaign. He is a three-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II All-Academic Team and two-time CCAA All-Academic Team member.
Rosser, a standout pole vaulter out of Westchester and Loyola High School of Los Angeles, is coming off of an exceptional week at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Pueblo, Colo. On Wednesday, May 22, he earned the Elite 89 award for Division II men’s track and field, given by the NCAA for the highest grade-point average among the male student-athletes that qualified for the championships. Rosser maintains a 3.97 GPA in environmental engineering. He later on Saturday, May 25, improved 10 spots from his No. 19 seeding and finished in a tie for ninth in the pole vault, achieving a height of 16’2.75” and narrowly missing out on a top-eight All-America position.
Rosser had qualified for the NCAA Championships by clearing a personal-best 16’3.5” in winning at the Azusa Pacific Last Chance Qualifier on May 11. That mark is third-best in program history. He was third (16’2.5”) at the 2013 CCAA Championships in Turlock on May 4.
Rosser made the CCAA All-Academic Team as a freshman in 2011 and is a two-time UCSD All-Academic Team honoree with the top GPA in the men’s track program.
Student-athletes must be in at least their second season, hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be an important contributor to be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-District teams.
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