June 27, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -- Four Stanford track and field athletes were named Capitol One Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Miles Unterreiner, Chris Derrick and Elliott Heath were honored on the men's side, while Kathy Kroeger represented the women.
Unterreiner added the Academic All-America honor to the host of other awards he has received this spring. Unterreiner, who carries a 4.05 GPA also earned the NCAA Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, Unterreiner earned a pair of University honors, including the Robert Golden Medal, which is given for outstanding honors projects in the humanities and the David Kennedy Honors Thesis Prize.
Derrick finished his career as a 14-time All-American, but was just as impressive in the classroom. He is a two-time USTFCCCA Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was also the Toyo Tires Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in both cross country and track.
Heath just competed indoors for Stanford this season as he had exhausted his eligibility in cross country and outdoor track. He finished off an impressive career at Stanford that included an NCAA title and 10 All-America honors. Heath is a finalist at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 5,000 meters that will be run on Thursday.
Each of Unterreiner, Derrick and Heath are earning Academic All-America honors for the second-straight season.
On the women's side, Kathy Kroeger earned her first Academic All-America honor. She carries a 3.95 GPS in math and computational science. Kroeger was an All-American at 5,000 meters during the outdoor season and 3,000 and 5,000 meters during the indoor season. She will also compete in the final of the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday.