CALIFORNIA, Pa. - California University of Pennsylvania senior Erin Kling (Jamestown /Jamestown) was named a Capital One Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Division II First-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday.
Kling becomes the first women's cross country/track & field athlete, and just the eighth student-athlete, in school history to repeat as an Academic All-American. Last year, she became one of the first two Academic All-Americans in program history when she received second-team laurels. Overall, the Vulcans boast 31 different student-athletes to be chosen as an Academic All-American, including seven this academic year.
Kling recently earned her bachelor's degree in biology with a concentration in pre-medicine and a minor in chemistry while maintaining a 4.00 grade-point average (GPA). She was selected to the spring edition of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Top 10 earlier this month and repeated as the recipient of the PSAC Champion Scholar Award for indoor track & field. Kling received academic all-district (Second Team 2011, First Team 2012-13) from CoSIDA in each of her three years eligible for the award and earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic status in cross country three times.
Jamestown native Erin Kling is the first women’s cross country/track & field athlete, and just the eighth student-athlete, in California University of Pennsylvania history to repeat as an Academic All-American.
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As a senior, Kling broke a combined five school records and qualified for the PSAC Championships in four events. She reset her indoor school records in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter run while competing at the league championships. During the outdoor campaign, Kling broke the school records in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter run - all of which were set in 1984.
Kling was the team's top runner in five of six races in the fall during the cross country season. She placed among the top-five overall in three meets and helped the program post its best team finish at the PSAC Championships since 2004.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a scale of 4.00 and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution.
This marks the second year that the academic all-district teams have been selected at the Division I, Division II, Division III and College Division levels after previously being selected at the University Division (D-I) and College Division (D-II, D-III, NAIA) levels.