Joseph Alumni Picks Up National NAIA Award

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AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Communicators (CSC) released Academic All-America and Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Women’s Cross Country. The NAIA Recipient of Academic All-America Team was announced to be The College of Idaho’s Ellyse Tingelstad. Members of the CSC vote across the country from nominations submitted. Membership is comprised of sports information directors and those in the college sports communication profession. Not only did Tingelstad earn the distinction of Academic All-America First team, but her accomplishments allowed her to rise to the top and be selected as the recipient of the Team Member of the year. In order to be nominated, student athletes must maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average as well as being top 25 in a conference in a single, individual event.

“It’s great to see Elyse earning this award,” said head coach Dominic Bolin “Her perfection in the classroom and the tremendous success she has achieved in competition are a testament to her hard work and determination”.

This season Tingelstad was the 5000m NAIA Indoor Track Champion, national runner up at the NAIA Cross Country Championship, runner up in the NAIA Outdoor Track 10,000m, and third place in the NAIA Outdoor Track 5k. Her performance in the NAIA Cross Country Championship led the way for the Yotes to capture their first ever Cross-Country NAIA National Championship.

The ten-time All-American was also selected as the USTFCCA NAIA West Region Women’s Runner of the year, CCC Academic All-Conference, NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete, and CCC Scholar Athlete.

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