Alexander wins CoSIDA Academic All-America honors
|Izzy Alexander ’09 is Bates’ fourth-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American athlete since 1999.|
LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College senior Izzy Alexander was named to the 2009 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team, announced on Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Alexander was named to the Second Team in the College Division.
Alexander is the fifth Bates female athlete ever to win CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, and the first since field hockey player Peggy Ficks ’01 in 2001. Amanda Colby ’00 (volleyball), Nancy Bell ’84 (cross country) and Sydnee Brown ’85 (field hockey) are also in that group.
Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), a double-major in psychology and Spanish, graduated from Bates in May with a 3.78 cumulative grade point average.
She gained her fourth and fifth NCAA All-America awards this year by finishing fifth at indoor nationals in the 800 meters, followed by a sixth-place showing in the 400-meter hurdles at outdoor nationals. For the second straight year, she also won the 400-meter hurdles at the NESCAC and New England Division III Outdoor Championships in 2009, setting the meet record in the latter at 1:01.78 and rewriting her own Bates record in the process. Alexander graduated as the owner of nine Bates track and field records.
Earlier this month Alexander was named to the All-District First Team by CoSIDA, the fourth straight year that at least one member of the Bates women’s track and field team has garnered ESPN The Magazine All-Academic honors. A year ago, Alexander and Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan ’10 received the honor. In 2007, Jennifer Caban ’07 and Kathryn Moore ’07 received First Team and Second Team honors, respectively. In 2006, Ashley Wentworth ’06 made First Team.
Along with teammate and classmate Jen Marino ’09, Alexander automatically made the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s 2009 Academic All-America team, by virtue of qualifying for the NCAA Championships while maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.50.