June 27, 2013
Capital One Academic All-America Official Release
ATHENS, Ohio – Junior distance runner Juli Accurso took another step toward history Thursday, becoming the first women’s cross country/track & field Academic All-American in Ohio University history.
A third team selection, Accurso is just the 26th student-athlete in the history of Bobcat athletics to be named a Capital One Academic All-American.
The Casstown, Ohio, native was selected to the NCAA Division I Academic All-District 5 First Team in May, which automatically nominated her for All-America status.
“It’s an honor to be recognized not only for athletic achievements but for academics as well,” Accurso said. “Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the academic side of being a student-athlete because you’re so focused on competition, but it’s just as important in our careers. I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me for this award.”
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 garnering 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.
She is the second Ohio student-athlete to garner Academic All-America honors in 2012-13, as Lauren Gellerman was named to the NCAA Division I softball second team in May.
The Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country roster is composed of 45 student-athletes, with 15 first team, 15 second team and 15 third team selections.
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.
To see the full list of honorees, click here.
Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team
Juli Accurso, Ohio University
Leslie Brost, North Dakota State
Katie Clark, Butler
Corey Conner, Maine
Rebecca Esselstein, Air Force
Sarah Geren, Arizona State
Marissa Golliday, Illinois
Kirsten Haas, North Dakota
Amber Henry, Weber State
Lucie Ondraschkova, Georgia
Brittany Page, North Dakota State
Brittany Smith, Illinois State
Caitlin Way, Oklahoma State
Amanda Winslow, Florida State
Hayli Worthington, Idaho State