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June 6, 2011

2011 Season - Walsh wins Capital One academic recognition

Amy Walsh was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team following the 2011 track & field season.

Augustana senior Amy Walsh (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District team in women’s track & field, it was announced today. Walsh, a team captain for the Vikings, was a second team selection in District Five, which includes the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois.

She was an integral part of the Vikings’ program over the past four years. She was a place winner in three events (100 hurdles, 400 hurdles and 1600 relay) at the 2011 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin conference meet on May 6-7 at Paul V. Olsen Track. She recorded the best time on the team in the 400 hurdles with a clocking of 1:04.21 at the Twilight Qualifier on May 20. That time was under the NCAA Division III national qualifying standard.

Walsh was a member of Augustana’s 1600 relay that placed 10th in the NCAA Division III national meet with a time of 3:52.67 in Delaware, Ohio on May 26.

She also placed in the 2011 CCIW indoor meet in the 55 hurdles and the 1600 relay and in 2010 she placed in three events (100 hurdles, 400 hurdles and 1600 relay) in the CCIW outdoor meet. She was named the Vikings’ MVP after both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2010. She was the winner of the “Spirit Award” in indoor track in 2011 and was named the Jack Swartz Award winner in the winter of 2010 for her combination of athletic prowess and academic excellence.

The winner of the Knut Erickson Award that is presented to the Augustana senior blanket award winner with the highest cumulative grade point average, Walsh served as team captain in both indoor and outdoor track. She won the Merle Chapman Leadership Award in the CCIW for her work with the S.A.A.C. (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

The daughter of Ray and Kathy Walsh of Cary, Illinois, Amy graduated from Augustana in May with a grade point average of 3.97 and a major in biology.

The Capital One Academic All-American program is run by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In order to be nominated the individual student-athlete has to have at least a 3.30 grade point average and be a “starter or valuable contributor”. There are eight districts in CoSIDA and each of the eight districts pick an all-district team with the first team selections moving on to the national ballot.

Augustana has long been a force in producing Academic All-Americans. Since the program began in 1952, a total of 135 Augustana student-athletes have garnered Academic All-American recognition. That ranks the Vikings sixth in the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans produced, regardless of division.