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Jessica Koster Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior Jessica Koster has been named a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

Koster is receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades once again in the women’s college track and field/cross country college division.

The college division of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools. The Academic All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directorís Association of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a starter or a key reserve with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.

Koster is from Grand Rapids and is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. She is making her second straight appearance on the all-district team. A year ago, she was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team.

A cross country and track and field standout, Koster has earned All-America accolades three times in her Calvin running career - twice in track and field and once in cross country. This past fall, she pciked up an All-America berth in cross country by placing 34th at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships. Last month, she claimed All-America honors for the second straight year in the 10,000 meters, placing sixth in the event at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. At the 2009 national meet, she placed fifth in the 10,000 meters.

A three-time All-MIAA selection in track and field, Koster was a two-time MIAA champion in the 10,000 meters and the 2008 MIAA champion in the 5,000 meters. In cross country, Koster was a three-time All-MIAA selection and was also named the MIAAís Most Valuable Runner in 2009.

A psychology major intending to continue on into the field of occupational therapy, Koster was graduated from Calvin while holding a 3.97 grade point average. She has been a regular member of the Calvin Deanís list and the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

Koster is the sixth individual from Calvin to receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors during the 2009-10 academic year. During the 2009-10 academic year as Rebecca Kamp (volleyball) was named to the first team, Greg Snapper (menís soccer) named to the second team and Allison Boender (womenís soccer) named to the third team in the fall. Monica Bressler (women’s swimming and diving) was named to the third team earlier this month in the women’s at-large division to represent Calvin’s winter sports athletes while Melissa Oosterhouse (women’s tennis) was a first team selection, also receiving her award in the women’s at-large division last month.

Calvin has now had its athletes receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades 86 times including 55 times in the last 12 years.

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