TOWSON, Md. - Juniors Andy Coy and Claire Beck of Dakota State (S.D.) were selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-AmericanÂ® College Division men's and women's cross country/track & field teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The teams were announced Monday morning as Coy was named to first team, while Beck was listed as third team.
The Capital One College Division Academic All-AmericanÂ® men's and women's cross country/track and field teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
Coy majors in Biology with a 3.96 grade point average (GPA). He was chosen as Dakota State's Most Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year last April. A native of Hill City, S.D., Coy won the 1,000-meter run at the 2012 Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet, becoming the first runner to win an individual national title in program history. He is a five-time NAIA All-American and a six-time All-Conference selection in track and cross country.
Recently, Coy captured a fourth-place finish in the men's 1500-meter run finals at the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships last May. He ran a school-record time of three minutes and 47.66 seconds, which was the second fastest 1500-meter run by an athlete at any South Dakota college. Coy also earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete in cross country and track & field for his academic success in the classroom.
Andy is the son of Rusty and Cindy Coy.
Beck, a native of Dallas, S.D. earns a spot on the third team as she recorded a GPA of 3.90. She is a majoring in Elementary Education at DSU. She was named to the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete in both cross country and track & field.
Claire is the daughter of Brian and Donna Beck.
To be eligible for Academic All-AmericanÂ® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institutions and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-American honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director