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Mecke named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 06/24/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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Senior Dana Mecke became UTSA's 15th Academic All-American on Thursday.
TOWSON, Md. — UTSA senior Dana Mecke was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team for women’s cross country and track & field, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

Mecke, a Smithson Valley High product who carries a 3.88 grade-point average in mechanical engineering, was one of 46 NCAA Division I student-athletes selected to the team. She is the 11th Roadrunner to earn Academic All-America honors and the first since two-time softball honoree Jessica Rogers in 2007.

Tabbed the Capital One/Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Student-Athlete of the Year on June 21, Mecke was voted to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI first team for the third consecutive year in May, which earned her a spot on the All-America ballot. A select national panel of voters from around the country then selected the All-America Team.

Mecke, who picked up her second consecutive Southland Women’s Indoor Student-Athlete of the Year honor in March, wrapped up her redshirt junior outdoor campaign last month. She advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships in the 800 meters, posting her third straight personal record in the half-mile with a 17th-place time of 2:07.44 that moved her into the No. 2 position on UTSA’s all-time performers list. Mecke owns UTSA records in the 1,500m (4:25.38) and mile (4:49.82).

She swept the 800m and 1,500m at the conference meet, racing to a 4:30.57 clocking to take top honors in the metric mile and stopping the clock in 2:08.36 to win the 800m less than an hour later. It marked the second middle distance sweep of the year for the Bulverde native, as she won the 800m and mile for the second consecutive season at the circuit’s indoor meet in February, becoming the first league athlete to win those two events in back-to-back years. The 2008 Southland Women’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year also joined Therese Ahlepil of UT Arlington (1997) as the only league runner to win both middle distance races at both conference meets in the same season.

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 athletics and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America teams program and this year’s team, please click here.

UTSA’s All-Time Academic All-Americans (15)
Dana Mecke — 2009-10 Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Jessica Rogers — 2005, ‘07 Softball
Bryan Wolfe — 2006 Men’s Track & Field
Meghan Chance — 2005-06 Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Ashley McDonald — 2004-05 Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Mike Srp — 2003 Baseball
McEverett Powers — 2002 Men’s Basketball
Stacy Schmidt — 2000, '01 Volleyball
Tamara Luckemeyer — 1999, 2000 Volleyball
Gordon Wessels — 1989 Men’s At-Large (Golf)
Margaret Martinovich — 1984, ‘85 Women’s Basketball

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