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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's track and field/cross country program continues to receive recognition as two Bulldogs were named to the 2011-12 Capital One Division II Academic All-America First Team presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Senior Tina Muir (St. Albans, U.K.) and junior Shelby Janutol (Troy) were among 15 student-athletes from all Division II institutions earning Academic All-America honors from cross country/track and field programs. Overall, five of the 15 chosen to the first team came from a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member school.
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.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Janutol is a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree in both track and cross country. She became the school's first-ever NCAA Elite 89 Award recipient for holding the highest grade point average of all female competitors at the 2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. and received the GLIAC Commissioner's Award for Excellence this spring.
At the 2012 NCAA indoor meet, Janutol helped the women's distance medley relay squad to a fourth-place overall performance in a school-record time of 11:36.37 and earned All-America honors.
Meanwhile, Muir concluded a stellar career as one of FSU's most decorated student-athletes ever by taking second place in the 5,000 meters on the final day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships on May 26 in Pueblo, Colo. Her runner-up effort enabled her to claim All-America laurels for the 11th time in her collegiate career and the second time in the meet following a fourth-place national finish in the 10,000 meters.
That performance came on the heels of a third-place showing in the 5,000 meters at this year's NCAA-II Indoor Track and Field Championships where she also earned All-America honors as member of the school's distance medley relay team that placed fourth overall.
Last fall, Muir led the Bulldogs in her last collegiate cross country race by finishing a personal-best seventh overall and sixth in scoring position at the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championships to earn All-America accolades for the fourth-straight season. She is the only four-time All-American in FSU women's cross country history and her performance represented the highest individual finish ever for the Bulldogs, who tied for the best team finish in school history (eighth).
Muir, the 2011 GLIAC Cross Country "Athlete of the Year" won the league's individual cross country crown for the second time and twice claimed GLIAC "Runner of the Week" laurels last fall. Her efforts helped FSU to a number three national ranking and league runner-up finish.
Besides her athletic accomplishments, Muir also claimed All-GLIAC and GLIAC All-Academic Team honors four-straight years and was a three-time recipient of the prestigious GLIAC Commissioner's Award for Excellence.
Ferris State's women's cross country/track and field program capped off one of its most memorable seasons in history by being tabbed fifth nationally in the 2011-12 United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Program of the Year standings, which are based on all-around performance in all three sports.
The Capital One Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 D-II Academic All-America teams program.