NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware junior Lindsay Prettyman, a three-year standout for the Blue Hen women’s cross country and track & field teams, has been selectedto the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District 2 Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field All-Academic Team.
Prettyman, a middle distance standout from Newark, Del. (St. Mark’s High School), was one of 13 student-athletes selected to the squad based on outstanding academic and athletic performances for the past year. The 13 honored student-athletes hailed from 10 different schools, from eight states and Canada, and had an average grade point average of 3.90.
To be eligible for All-District honors, student-athletes must have at least sophomore eligibility, a minimum 3.3 grade point average, and be a key contributor to her team. District 2 encompasses all NCAA Division I schools in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. All selections are now eligible for Academic All-American honors, which will be announced in June.
Prettyman becomes the 17th Blue Hen women’s cross country and track & field athlete to earn the district award and the first since Karen Mandrachia garnered first team honors in 2011. She will be vying to become the first UD Academic All-American in the women’s track & field category since two-time winner Alison Farrance in 1986.
A nine-time letterwinner in her three sports, Prettyman served as co-captain during the recently completed 2012-13 season. In cross country, she has led the team in all 14 events in which she has competed over the last two years and has been named the team’s UD Alumni Association Most Valuable Player each season. She won individual titles at the Delaware Invitational and the Lehigh Invitational during the 2012 campaign and placed 17th at the Colonial Athletic Association championships.
As a middle distance standout in track & field, Prettyman owns UD indoor records in the 800 meters, 1,000 meters, and 4 x 800 meter relay and outdoors in the 800 meters, 4 x 800 meter relay, and distance medley relay.
She has won 19 career meet titles in her three sports and this past year earned All-East honors when she finished second in the 1,000 meters at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) regionals in Boston. Outdoors, she has finished as the runner-up in the 800 meter run at the CAA Track & Field Championships each of the past three seasons, including this past spring when she led the Blue Hens to an all-time best second place team finish.
A member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll and a Dean’s List student, Prettyman carries a 3.86 grade point average as an exercise science major. In addition, she recently earned entry into the National College Athlete Honor Society.
Joining Prettyman on the team were Chelsea Oswald and Shelby Kennard from the University of Kentucky, Shannon Abraham and Ashley Adams from Duquesne, Caroline Tolli and Emily Waksmunski from Bucknell, Sarah-Anne Brault from West Virginia University, Brigid Byrne from Navy, Ann Eason from Eastern Kentucky, Lauren Kenney from Penn State, Emma Slattery from Saint Joseph’s, and Alexandra Kelly from Rutgers.