WESTFIELD, Mass. – Westfield State University's Jessie Cardin has added Academic All-American to her already impressive resume.
Cardin was named to the Google Cloud Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Academic All-America Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She was named to the second team as a total of 48 elite student-athletes from across the nation were selected.
Cardin, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, was an All-American performer in both cross country, where she finished 36th in the nation in the fall at the NCAA Division III national championship meet, and in track and field, where she placed seventh in the nation in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Cardin posted a 3.95 grade point average at Westfield State University. She was a two-time All-American in cross country, and qualified for the NCAA track and field championships on three different occasions.
She has earned a slew of honors this spring, including the "29 Who Shine Award," as the governor's office recognizes an elite student from each of the public colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Cardin was named the Westfield State Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, as well as the school's John Kurty Award winner for contributions to athletics. She was also recognized as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Cardin becomes just the 10th Owls student-athlete to be named to the Academic All-America team since the program began in 1952. She is the second Westfield State student-athlete to be selected this year, as baseball designated hitter Alex Lafayette was honored by the program several weeks ago. Cardin is the third Owl from the track and field program to earn the honor, as hammer thrower Amanda Gricus was recognized in 2012 and javelin national champion Travon Godette was selected in 2016.
CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America® program in 1952, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors.
Currently, CoSIDA sponsors Academic All-America® programs for men's soccer, women's soccer, football, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball and men's and women's track and field/cross country. Many other sports are eligible through the At-Large program.
To be considered, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve on his or her team, and must carry a GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Players are nominated by their respective sports information offices, and voted on by the membership of CoSIDA.
Release courtesy of Westfield State Sports Information