McCollam named to ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-District V team
Tuesday, June 7, 2005
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Bemidji State University men's track and field student-athlete Phil McCollam (Idaho Falls, Idaho) has been named to the ESPN the Magazine / College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District V Team, as announced recently by CoSIDA.
The Idaho Falls, Idaho native makes an appearance on the all-district team for the second consecutive year. He was a first team all-district selections in 2004 and went on to earn third team all-America accolades.

During the 2004-05 indoor season, McCollam collected four top-10 finishes competing in the weight throw highlighted by a sixth place finish at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships with a season-best toss of 49-04 1/4.

As the warmer weather came, McCollam continued to compete on the BSU track team by throwing the hammer during the outdoor season. McCollam logged five top-eight finishes saving his best for last. He capped off his season at 2005 NSIC Outdoor Championships by recording a season-best distance of 147-8 for third place. His third place finish was not only good enough to earn him an All-NSIC Honorable Mention selection, it also helped push BSU to its first ever NSIC men's outdoor team championship.

McCollam is a senior at BSU majoring in design tech. and art.

With 20 student-athletes recognized between the first and second teams, McCollam was the only representative from any of the eight NSIC institutions.

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.

McCollam becomes the eighth Bemidji State student-athlete to receive Academic All-District honors this year, following football’s Mitch Feierabend (Third Team) and Blaine Thomas (Second Team), volleyball’s Kristin Smith (First Team All-District; Third-Team All-America) and soccer’s Cristina Egnell (Third Team), Men's Hockey's Peter Jonsson (First Team) and Andrew Murray (Second Team) and Men's Golf's Allen Zutz (Second Team). In total, 19 BSU student-athletes have earned Academic All-District V honors in the last three years.

Bemidji State’s 2004-05 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic Honorees

Peter Jonsson (University Division At-Large First-Team All-District V)
Kristin Smith (College Division Volleyball First-Team All-District V; College Division Third-Team All-America
PHIL MCCOLLAM (College Division Men's Track and Field/Cross Country Second-Team All-District V)
Andrew Murray (University Division At-Large Second-Team All-District V)
Blaine Thomas (College Division Football Second-Team All-District V)
Allen Zutz (College Division At-Large Second-Team All-District V)
Cristina Egnell (College Division Soccer Third-Team All-District V)
Mitch Feierabend (College Division Football Third-Team All-District V)