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Jessica Koster & Rachel Boerner Receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honors

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams

Two members of the Calvin women’s track and field program have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. Senior Jessica Koster has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team in the women’s college track and field field/cross country division while junior Rachel Boerner has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team. As a member of the first team, Koster advances to the national ballot and is now eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America consideration.

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 Director’s 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 MIAA’s Most Valuable Runner in 2009.

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

Boerner hails from Bergenfield, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy of Minnesota. A six-time All-American in track and field, Boerner was a double national champion last weekend at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning the 400 meter dash and 400 meter hurdles. Boerner is believed to be the first individual in NCAA track and field history to win both events on the same day at the national meet. For a video of Boerner’s double national title, please visit the Vimeo website at: Rachel Boerner 2010 NCAA III Championships Video

Earlier this year, Boerner captured a national title in the 400 meters at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. She was also the 2009 NCAA III runner-up (outdoors) in the 400 meter hurdles and has been a member of Calvin’s All-America 4x400 meter relay teams at the 2008 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and 2009 NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships.

A two-time All-MIAA selection in track and field, Boerner was named the MIAA’s Most Valuble Runner in track and field this spring.

A physics major with a minor in astronomy, Boerner carries a 3.38 grade point average. Last summer, she was named to the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team.

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