University of Idaho seniors Alycia Butterworth and Hannah Kiser were honored this past week by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as they were named Capital One Academic All-Americans.
Butterworth, who was an eight-time Western Athletic Conference All-Academic selection, was instrumental to the four-straight Western Athletic Conference championships that Idaho has recently won for women’s cross country. Her list of athletic accomplishments in 2014 included winning the WAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week three times, running the fastest 3,000m steeplechase time in the WAC (16th in the nation), earned a bronze in the Indoor 5,000m and winning the WAC steeplechase title. At Idaho, Butterworth earned First Team All-WAC selections eight times and received Second Team honors three times. A native of Parksville, British Columbia, Butterworth earned a 3.91 GPA in marketing and was one of just nine non-Americans to be included on the list of the 45 student-athletes that make up the three teams.
Kiser, who is a five-time United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) and nine-time Western Athletic Conference All-Academic selection, was named to 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Division-I First Team.
Originally from Wenatchee, Washington, Kiser was the first woman in WAC outdoor track history to win the 1,500-, 5,000- and 10,000m races, which led to her becoming the winner of the Women’s Outstanding Track Performer of the Year award at this past season’s championships. She was also a key component of Idaho’s four-year run as Western Athletic Conference champions and has two WAC individual cross country championships to her name. During her time with the Vandals, Kiser has never lost a race at an Indoor or Outdoor WAC Championship and her team went undefeated at the WAC cross country championship. Kiser’s 3.94 GPA in biochemistry ranks second, behind the seven athletes who achieved a 4.00 on the 15-athelete First Team.
Kiser (who was named to First Team honors) and Butterworth (who received Third Team honors) become the second and third student-athletes from the University of Idaho to gain national honor this year. Former Vandal Alyssa Clarlston was named to the Division I Women’s Basketball Second team this past February. As of this announcement, Idaho has received 28 Academic All-America honors since 1970.
To qualify for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at their school, be a starter on the varsity level or be a key reserve and have maintained a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a standard 4.0 scale.