Kat Bouton was named the sixth CoSIDA Academic All-American in Liberty women's track & field/cross country program history.
2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® release Liberty senior distance runner Kat Bouton has been voted to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® NCAA Division I women's track & field/cross country second team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today.
Bouton becomes the Lady Flames' sixth CoSIDA Academic All-America® honoree in women's track & field/cross country program history and the first since Arlene Zelinskas earned second-team honors in 2007.
The team, organized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), annually recognizes the top student-athletes in the country. Four of Bouton's fellow All-Americans® recently won individual national titles at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including Georgia's Keturah Orji (triple jump), San Francisco's Charlotte Taylor (10K), Kent State's Danniel Thomas (shot put) and Arizona's Sage Watson (400 hurdles).
Bouton, who recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, completed her undergraduate studies with a 3.97 GPA. The Flower Mound, Texas native was named 2016 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's cross country, becoming the first Lady Flame to win the award since 2010. Bouton was also included on the Big South All-Academic Team for women's outdoor track & field.
As a senior, Bouton contributed to Liberty's first "Triple Crown" of Big South Conference titles in women's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field since the 2009-10 athletic year.
Bouton placed a career-best 16th at the 2016 Big South Cross Country Championships, serving as the Lady Flames' No. 7 runner. Her performance helped Liberty win its first Big South women's cross country title since 2012.
Bouton also scored points in both the 2017 Big South Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She anchored the Lady Flames to third place in the indoor distance medley relay and came in seventh in the outdoor steeplechase final.
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