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Distance runner named Academic All-American

Bison distance runner Maddie McClellan was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team in Division I women’s track and field/cross country. The announcement was made June 26 by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

McClellan, a junior with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average in English education, was named the Summit League Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the Summit League Indoor Championships MVP in 2014. She became just the third woman in league history to sweep the three distance races at the indoor championships, winning the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.

McClellan becomes the seventh woman in NDSU’s Division I era to earn an Academic All-America distinction, joining Leslie Brost, Brittany Page, Sarah Klein, two-time honorees Laura Hermanson and Amanda Benz, and three-time honoree Whitney Carlson. Brost and Page were the most recent Bison to receive the award, earning third-team recognition in 2013.

McClellan, who is from Perham, Minnesota, was named to The Summit League’s All-Academic Teams in cross country and indoor track before redshirting the outdoor track season.

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