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June 8, 2009

2009 Season - Coleman wins academic all-district honor

Augustana track & field standout Keli Coleman (Carmel HS, Grayslake, Ill.) has been named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-District Team, it was announced today. Coleman, a sprinter who graduated in May, was a first team selection in district five, which includes the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. There were only 10 athletes named to the first team.

Coleman has had an outstanding career as a sprinter for the Vikings. She won three straight CCIW indoor titles in the 55 meter dash before finishing second this past season. She has earned NCAA Division III All-American honors twice in her career, both times in the 55 meter dash during the indoor season (2006 & 2008). She won three consecutive CCIW titles in the 100 meter dash outdoors before taking fifth as a senior. In 2007 she was a member of the conference champion 400 relay team.

She was named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 2008 and her name will now go on the national ballot once again. She has also been on the academic honor roll from the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association each of her previous three seasons.

Coleman was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in April of this past year, becoming the 22nd Augustana athlete to win the award. She was also named the Senior Athlete of the Year at Augustana by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee in May at the annual Blanket Awards Dinner.

In addition to her seven CCIW titles and two All-American certificates, Coleman owns Augustana school records in the 55 (:07.08), 60 (:07.81) and 200 (:25.68) indoors and the 100 (:11.96) outdoors. She is also a member of school records in the 400 and 800 relays.

Twice she has been the winner of the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW, an award that combines athletic accomplishments with academic excellence. She won the award both as a junior and as a senior after the indoor track & field season.

Keli is the daughter of Irvin and Rebecca Coleman of Grayslake and she has a 3.84 grade point average with a major in biology/pre-medicine.