Schnell earns Academic All-America honors by CoSIDA 06-22-2011

TOWSON, Md. – UNCG runner Ashley Schnell has added another award this year as she was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday.

She is the first student-athlete from UNCG to earn the distinction of being an Academic All-American since Pat Currin, a pitcher on the baseball team, accomplished second-team honors in 2006.

Schnell, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., has a perfect 4.00 GPA in music at UNCG with a concentration in instrumental performance.

In the fall, Schnell claimed top individual honors at the Southern Conference Cross Country Championship to earn SoCon Women's Runner of the Year honors, as well as being named first-team All-SoCon. She would go on to become the first-ever runner at UNCG to earn All-Region honors in cross country.

At the conclusion of the cross country season, Schnell earned All-Academic cross country status by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and was named Academic All-SoCon, as well.

Schnell continued her success during the indoor track and field season as she claimed the Southern Conference title in the 3,000 meters and was also a part of the distance medley relay team that also won a SoCon championship.

During the outdoor track season, Schnell claimed the SoCon title in the 1,500 meters and became the first-ever female runner from UNCG to qualify for the NCAA East Regional as she earned a bid in the 5,000 meters.

In addition to setting numerous school records throughout the year, Schnell also earned Academic All-SoCon honors in indoor track and outdoor track.



2011 Capital One Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team, selected by CoSIDA
University Division
Third Team
Name                          School                      Dist.  Yr.     Hometown                  G.P.A.  Major

Yolanda Berryhill          Georgia State             III       Sr.     Leesburg, Ga.              3.74      Exercise Science
Chelsea Blanchard       Indiana                       V       Jr.     Ft. Wayne, Ind.            3.97      Visual Art Education
Keri Bland                   West Virginia              II        Sr.     Fairview, W.Va.            3.37      Mathematics & Sec. Educ.
Brittany Borman           Oklahoma                  VI      Jr.     Festus, Mo.                 3.66      Health & Exercise Science
Sarah Callister             Weber State               VIII     So.    Ogden, Utah                4.00      Nursing
Corey Conner              Maine                        I        Jr.     Townsend, Mass.         3.82      Nursing
Kianna Elahi                Iowa State                  VII     Jr.     Omaha, Neb.               3.72      Chemical Engineering
Kelsey Hanley              Indiana State              V       Sr.     Arcadia, Ind.                3.42      Safety Management
Lauren McNamara        Southeast Missouri St.   VII     Sr.     Breese, Ill.                   4.00      Mass Comm., Spanish
Sarah Pease                Indiana                       V       Sr.     Elizabeth, Ind.              3.68      Human Biology
Kristin Reffett              Murray State              IV      Sr.     Evansville, Ind.            4.00      Business Admin., Accounting
April Rotilio                 West Virginia              II        Sr.     Bellaire, Ohio               3.72      Ex. Physiology; Phys.Therapy
Ashley Schnell           UNCG                        III      Jr.     Lincoln, Neb.              4.00      Music

Renee Tomlin               Georgetown               II        Gr.     Ocean City, N.J.          3.61      French; Linguistics 
Emily Zimmerman        Dayton                      IV      Jr.     Dayton, Ohio               4.00      Adolescence-Young Adult Ed.

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