AUSTIN, Texas - UC San Diego student-athletes Clint Rosser and Kellen Levy were both named Wednesday to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The honor is a second straight for both Tritons. Rosser, a redshirt junior pole vaulter, is a repeat choice on the 15-member first team, while Levy, a senior distance runner for the UCSD cross country and track squads, made the 15-person second team after a third-team designation a year ago.
The awards recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The two Tritons had advanced to the Capital One Academic All-America® ballot on the basis of being chosen for the second year running as first-team Academic All-District® honorees last month.
Rosser, from Westchester and Loyola High School of Los Angeles, boasts a 3.96 grade-point average in environmental engineering. He missed out on a return trip to the NCAA Championships this year, his top height of 15’9.25” good enough for a provisional qualifier and second-best among Triton vaulters in 2014. Rosser was fifth at the 2014 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships after a third-place finish in 2013. He ranks third in the event in program history.
Last spring, Rosser earned the Elite 89 award for Division II men’s outdoor track and field, given by the NCAA for the highest GPA among student-athletes who qualified for the NCAA Championships. He then 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 coming up narrowly short of a top-eight All-America position.
A 2014 Triton captain, Rosser is a 2013 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic, two-time CCAA All-Academic and two-time USTFCCCA All-Region honoree.
Levy, a Fresno product and graduate of Clovis West High School, was a captain in his final season of both cross country and track and field. A literature/writing major with a 3.76 GPA, Levy defended his conference title in the 10000 meters at the 2014 CCAA Championships on his home track on May 2. He also placed eighth in the 5000. Levy ranks fifth in Triton history in the 10000 and 10th in the 5000.
Levy was the Tritons’ top finisher at the 2013 CCAA Cross Country Championships in Chico, placing 11th as an All-CCAA performer. He went on to a 43rd-place effort at the NCAA West Regional in Spokane, Wash. Levy is a four-time USTFCCCA All-Academic and three-time CCAA All-Academic honoree.
Student-athletes must be in at least their second season, hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be an important contributor athletically to be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America® consideration.
Rosser is one of 10 repeat selections on the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, and one of just three who were also first-teamers a year ago. UCSD concludes the 2013-14 academic year with six student-athletes having garnered Academic All-America® distinction. Soccer players Alec Arsht, Andisheh Bagheri and Cassie Callahan, and diver Luke Calkins, were previously recognized.