May 29, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio – For the second-straight season, Ohio University distance runner Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) has earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Team, adding yet another accolade to her storied Bobcat career both on and off the track.
The senior was named to the NCAA Division I District 5 Team with 10 other student-athletes from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. As an all-district selection, Accurso automatically earns a spot on the Capital One Academic All-America ballot. The first-, second- and third-team All-America selections will be announced in late June.
After garnering the award last season, Accurso - a four-time USTFCCCA All-American - has now earned two of the 12 Academic All-District honors in program history.
Accurso put together another outstanding year for the Bobcats in 2013-14. In November, the USTFCCCA named her the 2013 Great Lakes Region Cross Country Runner of the Year for the second-consecutive season. She earned the award after winning the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional in a school record time of 20:00.
The senior earned the best finish of her career at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships (19th out of 253 runners) in November with a time of 20:14.40 on the six-kilometer course to earn All-America honors.
After battling through injury during the 2014 indoor season, Accurso won the 5000m and 10000m runs at the MAC Outdoor Championships two weeks ago in Athens. Her time in the 10K (34:32.56) set a new meet record and helped the senior earn the Most Outstanding Track Performer honor at the annual league meet. Earlier during the outdoor campaign, Accurso set a new school record in the 5K (15:59.12) while qualifying for NCAA East Regional action at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Casstown, Ohio, native will race the 10K tonight (May 29) at 9:40 p.m. in NCAA East Regional action in Jacksonville, Fla. She also will run the 5000m event on Saturday evening.
Accurso maintains a 3.90 cumulative GPA while pursuing a double major in French and linguistics.
Academic All-District 5 Winners
Juli Accurso, Ohio University
Mara Olson, Butler University
Kiley Tobel, University of Michigan
Dior Delophont, Kent State University
Samantha Ginther, Indiana University
Brooke Pleger, Bowling Green State University
Lizzie Gleason, University of Dayton
Kelsie Ahbe, Indiana University
Katie Borchers, Ohio State University
Rachel Zajac, IUPUI
Katie Clark, Butler University