W&L's Madison Earns Capital One Academic All-America Honors

W&L's Madison Earns Capital One Academic All-America Honors

AUSTIN, Texas — The College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) announced its 2013-14 Capital One Division III Academic All-America Track and Field and Cross Country teams on Tuesday and Washington and Lee senior Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb./Norris) was among those honored.

This is the first time Madison has garnered an Academic All-America honor, earning a spot on the third team. She also recently earned W&L's William D. McHenry Female Scholar-Athlete Award and the ODAC's Marjorie Berkley Award.

A four-year letterwinner for the cross country and track and field teams, Madison was a national qualifier in cross country in 2013. She finished 143rd out of 280 runners at the NCAA Championship, which was the best finish by a General at the national meet since Elizabeth Webb '09 finished 115th at the 2008 championship.

Madison, a politics and history double major, has earned the ODAC's Scholar Athlete Award four times over her career, including the cross country, the indoor and the outdoor track and field honors in 2013-14. In her four seasons on the track, she set three school records and had five runner-up finishes at ODAC's across the indoor and outdoor seasons. Madison also won two ODAC titles in her career, including the indoor mile this season.

Madison's selection to the Capital One Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 65 student-athletes honored since 1970 and the second this year.  The criteria for the Academic All-American program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.  Madison is the first W&L athlete to garner the honor in women's track and field and cross country since Becca Taylor and Elizabeth Webb made the third team in 2009.

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