Hougen named to Capitol One Academic All-America squad
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hougen named to Capitol One Academic All-America squad

BEMIDJI Minn. -- Bemidji State University cross country/track and field senior Alison Hougen (Bemidji, Minn.) has been named to the Capitol One NCAA Division II Academic All-America® Track and Field/Cross Country Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for outstanding academic and athletic accomplishment.

Hougen becomes the third BSU student-athlete to earn the Academic All-America title in 2011-12, following Brody Scheff (Sr., S, Waconia, Minn.) and Brian Leonhardt (Jr., TE, Blaine, Minn.), who were each selected to the Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Football Second Team following the 2011 campaign, and she becomes the 18th student-athlete to earn an Academic All-America in BSU athletics history.

A senior majoring in mathematics education, Hougen carried a 4.0 GPA into her final semester at Bemidji State and graduated May 4.

During her Bemidji State career, the Bemidji, Minn. native was a 12-time letterwinner, a nine-time Academic All-NSIC selection, earned the 2012 NSIC/Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award and was a member of three USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Teams.  She participated in a variety of mid-distance and distance running events on the track and was a staple among BSU’s top five cross country participants.

The award marks the first time Hougan has earned a spot on the Academic All-America Team, but continues a tradition of BSU cross country/track and field athletes honored for academic success. The Bemidji State track and field and cross country teams now boast five track and field Academic All-America® honors, including Kristi Buerkle (2008-11), who was named to the first-team a year ago.

Since 2005, the Bemidji State men’s and women’s track and field teams, under the direction of head coach Craig Hougen, have also produced 21 All-America performers and three individual national champions.

The Capitol One Academic All-District Teams are selected by a vote of the 2,900-member CoSIDA organization. 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 Academic All-America ballot. The program honors over 800 student-athletes around the nation each year, and 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.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), while its women’s and men’s ice hockey teams compete at the NCAA Division I level as members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).