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Alexander earns CoSIDA Academic All-District honor

As a First Team Academic All-District honoree, Izzy Alexander '09 is eligible for Academic All-America honors.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College senior Izzy Alexander was named to the 2009 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, announced on Thursday. It is Alexander's second straight year earning First Team distinction.

As a First Team honoree, Alexander enters the pool of nominees for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.

Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), a double-major in psychology and Spanish, graduated from Bates in May with a 3.78 cumulative grade point average.

She gained her fourth and fifth NCAA All-America awards this year by finishing fifth at indoor nationals in the 800 meters, followed by a sixth-place showing in the 400-meter hurdles at outdoor nationals. For the second straight year, she also won the 400-meter hurdles at the NESCAC and New England Division III Outdoor Championships in 2009, setting the meet record in the latter at 1:01.78 and rewriting her own Bates record in the process. Alexander graduated as the owner of nine Bates track and field records.

It is the fourth straight year that at least one member of the Bates women's track and field team has garnered ESPN The Magazine All-Academic honors. A year ago, Alexander and Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10 received the honor. In 2007, Jennifer Caban '07 and Kathryn Moore '07 received First Team and Second Team honors, respectively. In 2006, Ashley Wentworth '06 made First Team.

Along with teammate and classmate Jen Marino '09, Alexander automatically made the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's 2009 Academic All-America team, by virtue of qualifying for the NCAA Championships while maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.50.