ROSEMONT, Ill - The 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Teams were announced, with a combined six Big Ten students earning recognition.
Additionally, Michigan’s Erin Finn and Nebraska’s Drew Wiseman were selected as the winners of the Division I Academic All-America® of the Year award for Division I Women’s and Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country, respectively.
A two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-American®, Finn is a biochemistry major who carries a 3.98 grade-point average. Finn was selected as the CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I women’s track & field/cross country.
Hailing from West Bloomfield, Mich., Finn competed for the Wolverines during both the cross country and indoor track and field seasons in 2016-17, amassing a near-peerless competitive resume that included national runner-up finishes in both sports, a Big Ten title and a regional title. In cross country, she finished second in the country at the NCAA Championships to lead Michigan to a narrow runner-up national team finish. Along the way, she won individual Big Ten and Great Lakes Regional titles with team trophies to match. Indoors, she became the first woman in collegiate history to run 15:30 or faster over 5,000 meters at two consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship meets as she finished as the national runner-up at that distance. She was third at the Big Ten Indoor Championships both at 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Though her 2017 track and field season came to a premature conclusion, Finn will return for one final year in both indoor and outdoor track in 2018 as she pursues a master's of public health degree in epidemiology.
Wiseman, also a two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-American®, is an electrical engineering major who carries a 3.97 G.P.A. He was selected as the CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I men’s track & field/cross country.
From Bismarck, N.D., Wiseman was recently named the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Track and Field Outdoor Championships. It was the second NCAA Elite 90 Award Wiseman received for having the top G.P.A. of any student-athlete competing at the championships. Wiseman has earned three first-team All-America honors with the 4x400-meter relay, as well as one second-team All-America honor in the 400-meter hurdles.
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.
See below for the Big Ten honorees.
Drew Wiseman, Nebraska
David Kendziera, Illinois
Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin
Luca Wieland, Minnesota
Derek Wiebke, Minnesota
Erin Finn, Michigan