Tide cross-country runner named Academic All-American

Nathan Corder, a junior on the University of Alabama cross country and track and field teams, has been named a first team Capital One Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Corder owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average in mathematics and was an integral part of the Crimson Tide's cross country team that finished 11th at the NCAA Championships after winning the NCAA South Region title and taking runner-up honors at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

"This is a tremendous honor and earning first team honors comes as a big surprise," Corder said. "I know this would not be possible without the coaching and support staff and above all, my teammates. I'm thrilled to have the chance to continue the Crimson Tide's tradition of winning in whatever arena we as student-athletes are called to compete."

In addition to competing in all seven of the cross country team's meets, the now two-time Academic All-American also earned the NCAA's Elite 88 Award at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The prestigious award is given annual to the participant competing at an NCAA Championship with the highest grade point average.

While pursuing his degree in mathematics, he is also conducting research in non-profit fundraising, for which he took top honors at the UA Undergraduate Research. He also boasts the most community service hours of any UA male athlete and has spearheaded various community service initiatives in Tuscaloosa, the most recent of which was partnering with Convoy of Hope to deliver and distribute more than 200,000 pounds of food, water and supplies to areas affected by April's devastating tornadoes in Tuscaloosa.

The honor is the second for Corder who earned third-team honors last season after helping the squad to an SEC and South Region Championship.

During the 2010-11 academic year, 16 Alabama student-athletes have earned a place on Academic All-District IV teams. Eight of those, Corder, gymnast Kayla Hoffman, golfer Brooke Pancake, tennis player Courtney McElroy, McLane, softball player Kayla Braud, swimmer Kyle Weeks and football player Barrett Jones, have earned Academic All-American honors. This year's Tide total breaks the school record of seven set last year.