Dacia Bushman (left) and Jennifer Klugh (right) were named to the USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Track & Field Team.
Liberty distance standouts Dacia Bushman and Jennifer Klugh have been named to the 2011 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's All-Academic Track & Field Team. The duo was honored on the basis of their performance on the track and inside the classroom. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds). Bushman, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing in May, is included on this squad for the first time. The Iowa native saved her best season for last, highlighted by a trio of Big South individual titles. Bushman captured the women's 5K title at the 2011 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, before sweeping the women's 5K and 10K crowns at the 2011 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She wrapped up her career by running the 10K at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, after dropping her personal-best time to 35:15.84 at the Raleigh Relays. Klugh, a junior mathematics major, is part of the USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Track & Field Team for the second year in a row. She also made the USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Cross Country Team this year and was named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's cross country. Klugh was tabbed Big South Women's Outstanding Track Performer, after scoring 28 points at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Buckeye State native won the mile and 3K titles while finishing second in the 5K. She then captured the 1,500-meter run title and was the 5K runner-up at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Klugh broke the Liberty and Big South women's indoor 5K records by clocking a 16:56.14 at the Flotrack Husky Classic. However, her specialty events remained the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500. Klugh placed third in the mile at the ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships and ran the 1,500 at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the second straight season.
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