McCollam named to ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-District V team
Thursday, June 1, 2006
DELAWARE, OHIO- 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, announced today by CoSIDA.
The Idaho Falls, Idaho native makes an appearance on the all-district team for the third consecutive year. In 2004 McCollam and went on to earn Third-Team Academic All-America accolades.

During the 2005-06 indoor season, McCollam collected a top-five weight throw finish in each of the eighth meets he competed in highlighted by a fifth place finish at the 2006 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships with a throw of 51-02.75.

As the warmer weather came, McCollam continued his success during the outdoor season. He logged eight top-eighth finishes in the throwing events saving his best for last. He capped off his 2006 season and BSU track and field career at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships by recording a season-best distance of 154-08 in the hammer throw garnering second place and All-NSIC honors. He also placed fifth in the discus and took eighth in the shot put.

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

With 21 student-athletes recognized between the District V first and second teams, McCollam was the only representative from any of the eight NSIC institutions. He will now advance to the All-America ballot attempting to become the second Academic All-America selection at BSU this season following Cristina Egnell this fall.

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 is the sixth Bemidji State student-athlete to earn Academic All-District honors so far this academic year. He joins Brittney Carlson (volleyball) and Egnell & Erin Foss (soccer), who were recognized in the fall, Riley Weselowski (Men's Hockey) from the winter sports season and Matt Middendorf (Baseball) this spring.

Bemidji State’s 2005-06 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic Honorees

Brittney Carlson (College Division Volleyball Second-Team All-District V)
Cristina Egnell (College Division Soccer First-Team All District V/First-Team All-America)
Erin Foss (College Division Soccer Second-Team All-District V)
PHIL MCCOLLAM (College Division Men's Track and Field/Cross Country First-Team All-District V)
Matt Middendorf (College Division Baseball Second-Team All-District V)
Riley Weselowski (At-Large Second-Team All-District V)