Northern Illinois senior Jenner Sio and junior Jenelle McCalla were named to the 2012 Capital One All-District Track & Field/Cross Country team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.
Sio graduated this spring with a 4.0 GPA in nursing, while McCalla has a 4.0 GPA in psychology. This marks the fourth time in the last five years that an NIU athlete has earned academic honors from CoSIDA.
“The staff and I are proud of Jenner & Jenelle’s achievements and are honored that they are recipients of this award,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry. “These ladies work diligently academically and athletic, always striving for excellence, which is evident since both ladies have maintained a cumulative 4.0 GPA. They are exceptional and are the ideal models of student-athletes.”
Sio broke her own school record in the indoor triple jump with a 39-01.00 (11.91m) leap at the Iowa State Classic and shattered the NIU outdoor triple jump mark at the Drake Relays, jumping 40-02.00 (12.24m). The Rockford, Ill. native earned Academic All-MAC honors for the 2011-12 indoor season and capped off the season with 11 top five finishes. Sio also recorded the top long jump mark of the indoor season for NIU with a 17-02.25 (5.42m) jump.
Meanwhile, McCalla helped set the NIU indoor 4×400 relay record with a 3:47.74 clip at the Iowa State Classic, in addition to posting personal bests in the 300 meters, 400 meters, 600 yards and 600 meters during the indoor season. The Whitby, Ontario, Canada native recorded nine top five finishes between the indoor and outdoor seasons, while earning Academic All-MAC honors following the indoor season.
Sio and McCalla represent two of only five athletes with 4.0 GPAs in District 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Additionally, NIU is one of just three MAC schools represented, joining Kent State and Akron who had one and two athletes, respectively.