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Avery High School and recent Lenoir-Rhyne University graduate Kate Griewisch has been named to CoSIDA's Academic All-District III Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Team for NCAA Division II. Photo courtesy Lenoir Rhyne Athletics

Originally published: 2012-06-13 10:00:55
Last modified: 2012-06-13 10:03:55

Viking alumni update: LRU graduate Griewisch named CoSIDA Academic All-District

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Avery High School alumnus, Banner Elk native and recent Lenoir Rhyne University graduate Kate Griewisch has been named to the 2012 Capital One College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District III Women's Track and Field & Cross Country Team for NCAA Division II.
Griewisch recently graduated from LRU with a bachelor's degree in biology and a 3.85 grade point average. Griewisch also earned second-team Academic All-America honors last year.
Griewisch finished her collegiate career at Lenoir-Rhyne as a seven-time NCAA Division II All-American in three sports.
Griewisch earned All-America accolades three times in both women's cross country (2009 to 2011) and outdoor track and field (2011-12) and once in indoor track and field (2012).
During last month's NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Pueblo, Colo., Griewisch was named All-American in both the women's 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. Griewisch finished fourth in the 5000-meter and third in the 10,000-meter races, respectively.
In women's cross country, Griewisch has won the past three NCAA Division II Southeast Regional meets and finished fourth out of 186 runners at the national championship race in November 2011 in Spokane, Wash. Griewisch also won the 2009 and 2011 South Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Championship races.
Griewisch has been named South Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Of The Year three times (2009, 2010 and 2011) and was the 2010-11 female recipient of the SAC Presidents Award. The award is the highest honor the league gives out on an annual basis.
Members of Capital One Academic All-District III Team are selected by CoSIDA, which includes all colleges and universities in the South Atlantic Conference, Conference Carolinas and Peach Belt Conference.
This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and doubles the number of scholar-athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.