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McClellan Named to D-I Academic All-America Second Team

Former Perham standout Maddie McClellan was the seventh Bison Division I era runner to earn an Academic All-America distinction. Richard Svaleson/NDSU Athletics

North Dakota State distance runner Maddie McClellan was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team in Division I women's track & field/cross country, it was announced Thursday, June 26, by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

McClellan becomes the seventh woman in NDSU's Division I era to earn an Academic All-America distinction, joining Leslie Brost, Brittany Page, Sarah Klein, two-time honorees Laura Hermanson and Amanda Benz, and three-time honoree Whitney Carlson. Brost and Page were the most recent Bison to receive the award, earning third-team recognition in 2013.

McClellan, a junior with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average in English education, was named the Summit League Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the Summit League Indoor Championships MVP in 2014. She became just the third woman in league history to sweep the three distance races at the indoor championships, winning the mile, 3,000m and 5,000m. McClellan set the NDSU indoor 5,000m school record at 16:47.55 and ran 9:42.35 in the 3,000m this season.

In cross country, she led NDSU to its third straight Summit League title and finished third individually at the league meet. The Perham, Minn., native was named to The Summit League's All-Academic Teams in cross country and indoor track before redshirting the outdoor track season.

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