Wallner earns CoSIDA Academic All-District honors
Thursday, November 1, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Senior defender Megan Wallner (Bemidji, Minn.) has been named to the ESPN the Magazine / College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division All-District Third Team for her efforts on the field and in the classroom, CoSIDA announced today. Wallner was one of two captains for this year’s Bemidji State soccer team, which ended its season with a fourth-straight trip to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament.

Wallner has played in 83 games during her four-year career with the Beavers. During those games she has supplanted her name all over the BSU record books. She is fourth all-time with 81 starts, tied for fifth in assists with 11, sixth in goals with 11 and sixth in points with 33.

Her most productive season came during her sophomore campaign, when she amassed seven goals and one assist for 15 points.

She went from a scoring position to an outside defensive position for her senior year because she could use her quick skills to help stop the opposing forwards.

Wallner, an exercise science major, is the third BSU soccer player to earn Academic All-District honors. Cristina Egnell was the first to be named to a squad when she was named to the third team in 2004. In 2005, she was named to the first team and Erin Foss earned third-team honors.

Egnell also became just the third student-athlete in Bemidji State athletics history to be named to the Academic All-America First Team in 2005.

Wallner's selection extends a string of BSU student-athlete Academic All-District selections to six years while Bemidji State has had 13 Academic All-America picks since 1977.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams are selected by a vote of the 2,000-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools, who are then voted onto the all-district teams. First-Team All-District honorees advance to the All-America ballot. The program honors 816 student-athletes nation wide each year, and since the program’s inception in 1952 nearly 16,000 have been named to Academic All-America teams.