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June 27, 2007
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Arlene Zelinskas is Liberty's 11th all-time Academic All-American.

Arlene Zelinskas is Liberty's 11th all-time Academic All-American.

Liberty senior Arlene Zelinskas has been voted a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection for women's track & field/cross country, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday. She becomes the 11th Academic All-American in school history, and the first since 2005.

Zelinskas (Dayton, Ohio), who graduated in May with a 3.96 GPA in biology, is the fifth Academic All-American in the history of the Liberty women's track & field/cross country program. Previous honorees include Holly Deem (third team, 1998), Cathy Williams (third team, 1998), Heather Sagan (second team, 2001; first team, 2002) and Danielle McNaney (second team, 2004; first team, 2005).

Zelinskas has captured a number of awards during her final campaign at Liberty. Before today's announcement, the senior had previously been recognized as a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District pick. She was named Big South Conference Woman of the Year and was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Zelinskas also received the 2007 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award, which is Liberty's highest athletics honor.

At the conference level, the Buckeye State native won a pair of Big South Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinctions (2006 and 2007) and was twice recognized as the Big South Indoor Track & Field Women's Outstanding Performer of the Year (2006 and 2007). She was a four-time member of the Big South All-Academic team and earned inclusion on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll on four occasions.

Zelinskas, who made the Dean's List eight times at Liberty, was included on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's All-Academic Track & Field team a year ago. She also earned a spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State team in both 2006 and 2007.

On the track, Zelinskas helped Liberty capture the 2007 Big South Women's Outdoor Track Championship, contributing 38.5 points to the Lady Flames' first conference title since 2003. She holds numerous school and conference records, is a 15-time all-conference performer and won eight Big South event titles. Zelinskas capped off her Liberty career by competing in the high jump, 100-meter hurdles and 4 x 100 relay at the NCAA East Regional Championships.


ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

University Division
First Team
Arianna Lambie, Stanford, Jr., 3.96/Earth Systems
Ashley Selig, Nebraska, Grad., 3.66/Exercise Science
Lindsay Donaldson, Yale, Jr., 3.71/Sociology
Kirsten Andrews, Navy, Sr., 3.91/Quantitative Economics
Jessica Gall, Indiana, Grad., 4.0/Journalism
Becka Mansheim, South Dakota St., Sr., 4.0/Nursing
Katie Erdman, Michigan, Sr., 3.77/English & Spanish
Mandy Jenkins, Mt. St. Mary's, Sr., 3.95/Chemistry & Biochemistry
Laci Heller, Kansas St., Jr., 4.0/Feed Science & Management
Kaylene Wagner, Kansas St., Grad., 3.87/Kinesiology
Jane Daniels, Charlotte, Sr., 4.0/Biology
Georgia Kloss, North Carolina, Sr., 3.81/Art History
Gunild Kreb, Virginia Tech, Grad., 4.0/Education, Curriculum & Instruction
Jenny Green, Nebraska, Jr., 3.83/Advertising
Shannon Rowbury, Duke, Grad., 3.85/Humanities

Second Team
Marissa Daniels, Rice, Jr., 3.82/Kinesiology – Sports Medicine
Shannon Bell, Santa Clara, Sr., 4.0/Combined Sciences
Emily Anderson, Rhode Island, Grad., 3.97/Political Science & Economics
Jillian Drouin, Syracuse, Jr., 3.78/Health & Exercise Science/Nutrition
Erika Jacobs, St. Francis (Pa.), Sr., 3.99/Psychology/Pre-Law
Arlene Zelinskas, Liberty, Sr., 3.96/Biology
Sunni Olding, Notre Dame, Jr., 3.98/Science/Pre-Professional
Sharonda Johnson, Charlotte, Sr., 3.89/Chemistry
Landra Stewardson, Texas, Sr., 4.0/Kinesiology
Maryann Erigha, Notre Dame, Sr., 3.83/Sociology, Computer Applications
Katie Flaute, Tennessee, Sr., 3.92/Exercise Science
Morgan Bonds, Kansas St., Jr., 3.97/Biology
Laura Mickelson, Loyola Marymount, Jr., 3.95/Natural Science & Pre-Physical Therapy
Lindsey Anderson, Weber St., Sr., 3.51/Mathematics Teaching
Kim Shubert, Nebraska, 3.99/Biological Sciences

Third Team
Jenna Harris, Ohio State, Sr., 3.95/Marketing
Nicole Marczewski, Eastern Illinois, Sr., 4.0/Biological Sciences
Ladia Albertson-Junkans, Minnesota, Jr., 3.77/Concentrations in Peace Studies
Sara Hiller, Missouri-Kansas City, Jr., 4.0/Pharmacy
Annett Wichmann, Hawaii, Jr., 3.84/Kinesiology & Leisure Science
Melanie Buczko, Bucknell, Sr., 3.71/Civil Engineering
Courtney Klenk, Rhode Island, Sr., 4.0/Biological Science
Ann Gagliardi, New Mexico St., Sr., 4.0/Accounting
Ashley Anklam, Drake, Sr., 3.73/Biochemistry Cell & Molecular Biology
Jillian Sullivan, Connecticut, Sr., 3.64/Nursing
Melissa Stewart, Duquesne, Sr., 3.97/Health Management Systems
Katherine Guilfoyle, Rhode Island, Sr., 3.99/Biological Sciences (Pre-Dental)
Emily Turland, Louisville, Sr., 3.77/Accountancy & Equine Business
Baily Cox, Montana, Jr., 3.88/Biology
Brenna Burns, Davidson, Jr., 3.98/Psychology

Academic All-American of the Year
Arianna Lambie, Stanford, Jr.