TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama men's and women's track and field and cross country teams placed a combined three student-athletes on the Capital One Academic All-District men's track & field/cross country teams. Nathan Corder earned first-team honors for the men's team while Leigh Gilmore and Andrea Torske earned women's second team accolades.
The honor is the second for Corder who earned Academic All-America honors last season. The Pickerington, Ohio, native is a mathematics major with a sterling 4.0 grade point average. A junior, he competed in every cross country race during the Crimson Tide's 2010 season and was named the NCAA Elite 88 award winner, an honor given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA competing in an NCAA Championship event.
This season he helped the Tide to an 11th place finish at the NCAA Championships and its third straight NCAA South Region title. In the classroom, he has been on the President's List in all six semesters and is actively conducting research in non-profit fundraising for which he earned first place at the UA Undergraduate Research Conference.
Corder's first-team all-district selection makes him eligible to receive Academic All-America honors as voted on at a later date.
The women's program was represented by Gilmore and Torske who earned the honor for their efforts in the classroom and on the track and trails. Gilmore, from Grove Hill, Ala., boasts a 4.0 GPA in civil engineering. The junior ran in the top three for the Tide's cross country team and competed primarily in the 800m and 1,500m on the track where she finished in the top 15 in both at the SEC Championships.
Torske also had a successful cross country season and was the team's top finisher in four races including the NCAA South Region Championship. She boasts a 3.97 GPA in her computer science curriculum. On the track this past season, the Rowlett, Texas, native competed in the distance events for the Tide and finished 13th in the 3,000m steeplechase at the SEC Championships.
Gilmore and Torske's honors add to an already impressive season academically for the women's cross country program. In February, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recognized the Tide as having the highest cumulative grade point average in the nation for the second straight season with a 3.88 team GPA.