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Perham grad Maddie McClellan, far right, was named to the Summit League Women's Cross Country Academic All-League Team. Photo by Richard Svaleson/

Aspengren, McClellan, Wahlund Named to Summit League Cross Country All-Academic Team

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ELMHURST, Ill. – With the conclusion of the 2013 Summit League Cross Country Championships, the league has announced its Cross Country Academic All-League Teams as voted on by the seven institutions' faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. North Dakota State's, Abbi AspengrenMaddie McClellan and Brecca Wahlund were all named to the team for their combined athletic and academic performances this season.


NDSU led the way with three selections on the five-woman team.   Aspengren holds a perfect 4.00 GPA in nursing and collected her second-straight Academic All-League honor after earning first-team all-league honors with a seventh-place finish (21:55.63) at the league meet.   McClellan, an English education major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, took third (21:48.01) at the league championships, garnering first-team all-league honors for the second consecutive season.    Wahlund, the 2013 individual Summit League Champion and Championship MVP, is an exercise science major with a 3.86 GPA. She clocked a winning 6k time of 21:24.22 at the championships to lead NDSU to its third straight Summit League title and earned first-team all-league honors for the second season in a row.   South Dakota State's Cheyanne Bowers and IUPUI's Rachel Zajac claimed the final two spots on the Academic All-League Team.

Women's Cross Country Academic All-League Team

Abbi Aspengren, North Dakota State Cheyanna Bowers, South Dakota State Maddie McClellan, North Dakota State Brecca Wahlund, North Dakota State Rachel Zajac, IUPUI

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Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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