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NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware cross country and distance standout Lauren Zodl was honored for her outstanding work as a student-athlete Friday as she earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division I Women's Cross Country/Track & Field District 2 All-Academic Team.

Zodl, a sophomore marine science major from Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J., was one of 12 student-athletes honored on the team and now moves on to the national ballot with the chance to earn Academic All-American honors next month.

She had the second highest grade point average of the 12 students honored (3.98) and was one of only three sophomores recognized.  

To be eligible for the team, student-athletes must carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3, be a key contributor to their team, and have at least sophomore eligibility. District 2 covers all NCAA Division I schools in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Kentucky.

“Lauren has been a pleasure to work with on both the cross country and track & field teams,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith, who has now had four student-athletes earn CoSIDA All-District honors during her tenure at UD, including 2014 CoSIDA Academic All-American Lindsay Prettyman. “She is so deserving of this award. She shows great work ethic in the classroom as well as on the track. We are very proud of her performance as a complete student-athlete.”

Zodl has earned six letters at Delaware, including two each in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field. She has collected four top 10 meet finishes during her cross country career despite missing the second half of her sophomore season with an injury. She was selected as the team's Outstanding Rookie as a freshman in 2015.

A distance specialist in track & field, Zodl has earned All-East honors in the 3,000 meter run each of the past two seasons as she placed sixth at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in 2016 and improved to a fourth place finish at the meet in 2017.

She placed sixth in the 5,000 meters at the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Outdoor Championship competition at Delaware earlier this month after placing ninth in the event as a freshman.

As a student, Zodl has earned Dean's List honors every semester and is a four-time member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll. She also is a member of the Students for the Environment Club on campus.
Zodl attended the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) High School but competed in track & field for Pineland Regional High School.

She was joined on the CoSIDA All-District team by Zanae Freeland of Towson, Christine Bendzinski of Bucknell, Amy Cashin and Jillian Forsey of West Virginia, Erin McDowell, Lily Brose, and Erin Seifert of Navy, Bella Burda of Villanova, Kiah Seymour of Kentucky, Rebecca Priddy of Murray State, and Autumn Greba of Duquesne.

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