May 30, 2013
CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT RELEASE
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University distance runner Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Team Thursday, adding yet another accolade to her storied Bobcat career both on and off the track.
The junior was named to the NCAA Division I District 5 First Team with 10 other student-athletes from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The second team is comprised of 15 student-athletes.
As a first team 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.
She is the first Academic All-District pick for Ohio track since 2011 and just the 11th selection in program history.
Accurso put together another outstanding year for the Bobcats in 2012-13. In November, the USTFCCCA named her the 2012 Great Lakes Region Cross Country Runner of the Year. She earned the award after winning the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional in a school record time of 20:07.
The junior placed 38th at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships in November with a time of 20:14.4 on the six-kilometer course to earn All-America honors.
During the 2013 indoor track season, Accurso continued to impress while garnered First Team All-MAC accolades.
At the MAC Indoor Championships in February, the junior won the 3,000m run in 9:36.43 and finished fourth in the one mile run in 4:51.76. She also was part of the distance medley relay team that broke the Ohio and MAC meet record by finishing in 11:26.80. It marked the third-straight season that the Ohio DMR team captured the title at the MAC Indoor Championships.
In outdoor competition, Accurso kicked off the 2013 campaign by breaking the Ohio school record in the 5,000m run (16:21.56) at the Wake Forest Open in March. She also recorded the 30th-fastest time in the nation in the 10,000m run in March at the Stanford Invitational (33:52.33).
In MAC competition, Accurso captured the 5,000m title at the league meet in May (16:36.65) and finished eighth in the 1,500m run (4:32.16). She was named First Team All-MAC, was a two-time MAC Female Track Athlete of the Week (March 19, April 2) and earned MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors on March 22.
She advanced to the NCAA East Regional for the first time in her outdoor career and participated in the 5,000m and 10,000m runs at the event in May.
Heading into her senior campaign in 2013-14, Accurso has now captured USTFCCCA All-America honors on three occasions, won the MAC Cross Country title twice and is a five-time, First Team All-MAC honoree. A three-time, First Team Academic All-MAC pick, Accurso was named to the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Team in 2012.
Accurso maintains a 3.88 cumulative GPA while pursuing a double major in French and linguistics.
Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-District 5 First Team
Juli Accurso, Ohio University
Rebecca Addison, Michigan
Mackenzie Fields, Cincinnati
Katie Clark, Butler
Kelly Curran, Notre Dame
Marissa Golliday, Illinois
Jade Riebold, Eastern Illinois
Brittany Smith, Illinois State
Jillian Smith, Michigan
Rebecca Tracy, Notre Dame
About the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America Program
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.