June 24, 2016
Senior Catherine Cloetta was named to the 2016 Academic All-America® Track and Field/Cross Country Second Team, as CoSIDA announced on Friday. She is one of 15 individuals selected to the team.
Cloetta, a native of Jackson, Wyo., recently completed her senior season as a member of the Cowgirl track and field/cross country teams. She graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in chemistry and physiology this spring and was a two-time MW Scholar Athlete. She was also a finalist for this year’s Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award, which is annually awarded to UW’s top graduating female.
A three-year member of both the track and field and cross country programs, she broke into the Cowgirls’ all-time top 10 in the steeplechase last season and this season ran the fourth-fastest time in program history with a personal-best 11:00.77 on April 9. Cloetta helped the Cowgirls to a second-place finish indoors and fourth-place outdoors at the 2013-14 Mountain West Championships. Both were bests in UW history. In cross country, she helped the Wyoming women place a program-best third at the 2014 MW meet.
Of the 45 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Track Field/Cross Country team members, 26 have grade-point averages of 3.90 or higher including 14 who have a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team combined for a 3.852 G.P.A.
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.