The EMU cross country and track & field teams landed a trio of men and women on the Capitol One Academic All-District Teams. The Royals put a total of three athletes on the two, 12-member squads in a district which covers the entire southeastern corner of the country.
Senior Jacob Landis (Sterling, Ill./Sterling) and sophomore Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) each claimed their first Academic All-District honor, in a vote done by the district’s College Sports Information Directors of America members. Junior Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) earned a spot on the women’s side, also a first for her.
Landis holds a 3.94 GPA as a double major in congregational and youth ministries along with biblical studies. He was named the ODAC’s Scholar-Athlete for men’s cross country, earning All-ODAC and All-Region honors en route to a trip to the NCAA National Championships. Landis has also been a Ministry Assistant at EMU before missing the indoor and outdoor track seasons when he studied in the Middle East during the spring semester.
Denlinger carries a lofty 3.98 GPA through two years at Eastern Mennonite as a biology (pre-med) major. He was voted the ODAC’s Scholar-Athlete for men’s indoor track & field and earned All-ODAC Third Team honors in the both indoor and outdoor 800m. Denlinger is also a Community Advisor at EMU and is part of the school’s Student Government Association.
Chappell-Dick has a 3.87 GPA as a biology major and recently completed a stellar season with a pair of All-America titles. The middle distance runner took third last weekend in the 1500m at the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships. At the indoor meet she placed second in the mile. Including cross country, Chappell-Dick landed six All-ODAC First Team honors this year and was named the South/Southeast Region Athlete of the Year for both indoor and outdoor track & field. She was also the ODAC Scholar-Athlete for cross country, indoor and outdoor track.
Eastern Mennonite helped the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to a dominant showing on the Academic All-District teams, as the conference staked 11 of the total possible 24 spots.
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, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
All of the All-District honorees are now eligible for the All-America teams, which will be announced on June 23.