This week, USA Cycling named seven Marian University cyclists in the inaugural spring class of Collegiate Academic All-Stars—a new program that honors student-athletes who excel both on the bike and in the classroom.
All collegiate cyclists face the challenge of balancing school while racing, and this new program seeks to recognize those who go above and beyond by achieving top grades in the classroom while also competing at USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships.
With majors ranging from accounting, to biology, to special education, Marian University scholar-athletes who earned this distinction include: Zachary Carlson ’17, Andrew Dillman ’16, Zoe Frazier ’17, Daniel Gerow ’14, Riley Missel ’16, Angelina Palermo ’18, and Samuel Winters ’18.
“This is a student-first team setting, and for students who spend as much time training and racing as our riders do, for them to be highlighted for their work in the classroom, is a truly special occasion,” said Head Cycling Coach Dean Peterson. “This work does not often get noticed in race results, national titles, or regional championships, and I’m very pleased they are being celebrated. We are grateful USA Cycling recognizes the crucial importance of the student part of ’student-athlete.’"
This spring class of academic all-stars recognizes track, mountain bike, and cyclo-cross athletes who have competed in a national championship in the specified term for that honor and have maintained a 3.50 or higher GPA for the semester or term during which the national event(s) falls (or the preceding term in the case of cyclo-cross). In June, USA Cycling will recognize scholar-athletes in BMX and road cycling.
In January, the Marian University cycling team earned their 28th national championship and fourth straight cyclo-cross title at the 2015 USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclo-Cross National Championships in Austin, Texas. With two races left, Marian University leads the overall omnium competition, 289-257, over Fort Lewis College.
Next in their quest for the national omnium, the Marian University cycling team will head to Georgia to compete for the BMX national title in April.