Smebak secures academic all-district award
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Track & Field - Fri, May 31, 2013

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell distance runner Leslie Smebak has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team for women's track and field/cross country, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Smebak, of Roseau, Minn., was recognized on the NCAA Division III 11-member first team in District 8. Ten of the honorees carried a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.94.

As a first team recipient, Smebak advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot. The Division III All-America Team will be announced June 25.

Smebak earned a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. The three-time academic all-conference performer compiled a 3.95 GPA. Earlier in the year, Smebak was honored on the 2012 USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team.

The Capital One All-Academic Teams are comprised of the nation's top student-athletes for their performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve, have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution and hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.

Smebak graduated as one of the top distance runners in school history. This spring on the track, she claimed the Midwest Conference outdoor title in the 10,000-meter run with a school-record time of 38 minutes, 12.68 seconds. Smebak wound up a three-time all-conference runner in track, while also gaining all-conference status two years in cross country.

Smebak earned all-region honors (35th place) at the 2012 Central Region Cross Country Championships. A four-year letterwinner in cross country and track and field, Smebak was voted Cornell's Senior Female Athlete of the Year.