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Three WAC Athletes Named Capital One Academic All-Americans
Courtesy: WAC

TOWSON, Md.--(UI and GCU Media Relations) Idaho seniors Hannah Kiser and Alycia Butterwoth, along with Grand Canyon senior Jessica Yates have each been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track and field/Cross Country team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Kiser was selected to the first team, while Butterworth and Yates each earned third team honors.

Kiser, a five-time United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) and nine-time Western Athletic Conference All-Academic selection, earned Second Team honors in 2012. Butterworth scored Third Team honors. Of the 15 athletes named to the First Team on Thursday, Kiser’s 3.94 biochemistry GPA ranks second behind the seven athletes with a 4.00.

The native of Wenatchee, Washington, became the first woman in WAC outdoor track history to win the 1,500-, 5,000- and 10,000m races on her way to becoming the Women’s Outstanding Track Performer of the Year at the 2014 Championships. She is a two-time WAC individual cross country champion, helping her team to four straight conference titles. Kiser is a three-time conference indoor 3,000m champion and two-time USTFCCCA All-American in the event. In her time at Idaho, Kiser has never lost a race at an Indoor or Outdoor WAC Championship and her team has never lost at a WAC cross country championship.

Butterworth, an eight-time Western Athletic Conference All-Academic selection, was big piece of the four-straight WAC Championships won by the women’s cross country team. The Parksville, British Columbia native, holds a 3.91 GPA in marketing. Butterworth was a three-time WAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week in 2014. She ran the fastest 3000m steeplechase time in the WAC, sixth fastest in the West Region and ranked 16th in the NCAA. The three-time NCAA steeplechase quarterfinalist, won the 2014 WAC steeplechase title and scored bronze in the women’s 5000m. Butterworth scored the bronze in the 2014 Indoor 5000m and ran the seventh fastest mile in the conference. In her career she has earned 10 First Team All-WAC selections and three Second Team honors.

Butterworth is one of nine non-Americans to be included on the list of 45 honorees between the three teams.

Yates becomes the third Antelope athlete to earn Academic All-American accolades at the Division I level. She turned in an impressive resume in both the classroom and on the track during her time in a GCU uniform, as the Snohomish, Wash., native finished her master's of business administration with a 3.85 GPA. In addition to her academic success, Yates also took home a first-place finish at the WAC Outdoor Championships in the triple jump, recording a season best leap of 12.40 meters. She tallied a second in the high jump, tying her own school record of 1.68 meters, and also picked up a seventh in the long jump.

At the indoor championships in March, Yates recorded a pair of second-place finishes in the high jump and triple jump. The Washington State transfer exits Canyon as the school record holder in the indoor and outdoor high jump.

Yates' efforts in 2014 helped the women's track and field team to a Western Athletic Conference title at the indoor championships and runner-up finish at the outdoor championships in Orem, Utah.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.

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