Three from MIAC named Academic All-Americans

Three from MIAC named Academic All-Americans

St. Paul, Minn. -- Three Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) student-athletes have been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America Team for men's cross country and track & field, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

University of St. Thomas senior Phil Bastron and Saint John's University senior Eric Buss were selected to the All-America First Team. Bethel University junior Taylor Ferda was a Third Team Academic All-America selection.

University of St. Thomas senior Phil Bastron (Pleasant Prairie, Wis.) has a 3.93 GPA in Economics and International Business. He's a three-time relay All-American and helped the Tommies claim a 4x400 national title and take third in the team chase at last month's nationals. He also ran on the 2009 indoor 4x400 team that placed eighth and ran on a 4x100 team that took eighth in 2007. Bastron also helped the Toms win seven of a possible eight MIAC team titles indoors and outdoors on his career. He was a member six conference relay champion teams and one runner-up placing. He also scored several times in dash events from 55 to 400 meters.

Saint John’s University senior Eric Buss (Coon Rapids, Minn.) is a mathematics and physics double-major with a 3.81 GPA and was a five-time All-American in the triple jump (two indoor, three outdoor). A 2008 Academic All-District and second-team Academic All-American, Buss holds the school record in both the indoor (14.75 meters in 2009) and outdoor (14.91 meters in 2007) triple jump. In total, Buss earned All-MIAC honors (top three individually) 14 times and won six conference titles (one in the high jump, five in the triple jump). Buss is a two-time (2008 and 2009) MIAC Indoor Outstanding Field Athlete and the 2009 MIAC Outdoor Outstanding Field Athlete.

Bethel University junior Taylor Ferda (Whitefish, Mont.) is a social studies education major (5-12) with a 3.84 GPA. He most recently competed in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field national championships in the 110 meter high hurdles and earned All-American status by finishing fifth with a time of 14.60 seconds. Earlier in the season, he broke his own school record in the event with a time of 14.48 seconds. He was also the lead off runner in the school record setting 4 x 400 meter relay team that finished second at the national meet.  As a result he, along with his other three teammates, earned NCAA All-American status.

The Academic All-America® Teams program honors male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the
United States and Canada.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

CoSIDA Release