McCollam Earns Verizon All-America Track Honors
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
WALTHAM, Mass. - Phil McCollam, a senior track and field athlete at Bemidji State University, became the first 2003-04 Beaver to be recognized on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Team. The Idaho Falls, Idaho native was a third team honoree in the college division.

McCollam carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a double major in design technology and biology - he was just one of seven selections on any of the three all-america squads without an academic blemish.

Specializing in the discus, weight and hammer throws, McCollam took home top five finishes at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Indoor Championships (third in weight throw - 51’4 1/4”) and Outdoor Championships (fifth in the hammer throw - 137’ 8”). He wrapped up the outdoor season ranked third on the NSIC Performance List in the hammer throw (149’3”), done at the Carleton Relays, April 17. The All-NSIC Honorable Mention indoor selection had his best discus effort at the Carleton meet as well with a heave of 129’6” to place him 10th overall.

McCollam is the lone representative from the current eight-team NSIC - Minnesota Duluth placed one student-athlete on the list but joins the North Central Conference in 2004-05.

The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA; a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

For a complete listing of the CoSIDA Academic All-America First, Second and Third Teams, visit