UW-Oshkosh's Christy Cazzola was named the NCAA Division III Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2012 cross country season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This fall, Cazzola was the winner of the Division III Cross Country Championship.
Scholar-Athletes are determined from those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest individually at the most recent NCAA Championships.
Cazzola, a senior special education major from Kaukauna (Wis.) has earned a 3.34 cumulative grade-point average through the 2012 fall semester.
She became the third UW-Oshkosh student-athlete to win a national cross country title in 2012, storming back from an 11-second deficit with 1,000 meters remaining in the 6K race to claim victory in 20:53 – finishing 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Alison Steinbrunner of Ohio Northern and 20 seconds ahead of third-place Keri Lambert of Amherst.
Cazzola capped her UW-Oshkosh cross country career with the title, the culmination of a three-year run that saw her finish fourth in 2010 and second last season. She also claimed the NCAA Midwest Regional and WIAC Championship individual titles.
In addition to the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those women who earned 2012 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status.
A total of 201 student-athletes represent the 104 institutions that compose the group. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Haverford led the way six on the All-Academic list. They were followed by six schools with five apiece.
All of the top-10 finishers from the NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic honors. In addition, 19 of the national championships' top-25 finishers earned the All-Academic acclaim. Six on the All-Academic list reported cumulative GPAs of 4.0 through the fall semester.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or greater through the most recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships.