June 24, 2016
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University graduate student Kelly Williams was named to the 2016 Academic All-America Division I Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), on Friday.
For the second consecutive year, the Chesterland, Ohio, native has been an Academic All-America First Team honoree while sporting a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is the first WVU track and field and cross country student-athlete to receive back-to-back honors. Williams graduated with a Master’s of Science in journalism.
“Obviously Kelly’s academic resume speaks for itself,” said coach Sean Cleary. “A perfect record through both undergraduate and graduate school, culminating with a 4.0 GPA here at West Virginia. It’s very rare that a student-athlete comes in and reaches the highest pinnacle both athletically and academically.
“Kelly has graduated from West Virginia as a First Team All-American in the mile and graduates with the distinction of being an Academic All-American in the classroom. Along with the Elite 89 Award, the All-District Award, the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and numerous other accolades bestowed upon her through her career, this is the final feather in her cap. Very few have the privilege of working with someone who’s so well rounded. Kelly will be missed.”
Two weeks ago, Williams was named the 2016 Big 12 Women’s Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the first for the Mountaineer track and field team. She is also an Elite 89 Award winner, a 2013-14 USTFCCCA All-Academic selection, a four-time Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country First Team honoree and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field First Team member. Additionally during her collegiate career,, Williams has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll, Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award and the Dean’s List.
As a freshman in 2013, Williams inked her name into the WVU record books, becoming the 33rd All-American in program history. She recorded a seventh-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:39.30 at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Of the 45 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Women’s Track Field/Cross Country team members, 26 have GPAs of 3.90 or higher including 14 who have a perfect 4.0 GPA. The CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honorees combined for a 3.852 GPA.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.