Mildes Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team
June 23, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas – Gonzaga's Jessica Mildes was named to the women's Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-American First Team in by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Friday.
Of the 46 Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team members, 34 have grade-point averages of 3.9 or higher including 14 who have a perfect 4.0 G.P.A.
“This is so awesome and couldn't be more deserved,” GU Head Coach Patty Ley said. “She has worked so hard and she has done so to honor her family, her teammates and Gonzaga. So very happy for her!”
Mildes has excelled in the classroom. She was tabbed Academic All-American Third Team last year, and has been named Academic All-Conference and Academic All-District twice. She boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA. She graduated with a major in accounting, and is working on her Master of Taxation.
Mildes finished an incredible career at Gonzaga in her second appearance at the NCAA West Preliminaries. She placed 31st in the women's 10,000-meter semifinal at the NCAA West Preliminaries. The redshirt senior crossed the line at 36:14.82 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Mildes entered this year's West Prelims with the 30th-fastest time in the region at 34:13.96. She ran that qualifying time at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 13. Her time was seeded 27th in the 48-runner field.
In the 2015 regionals, Mildes got tripped up early in the 10,000-meter race and placed 39th at 36:54.57. She owns the program 10,000-meter record, 33:40.82, from the 2015 Stanford Invitational. The Chattaroy, Wash. native, also holds the GU 5,000-meter record, 16:16.88, ran at the 2015 Oregon Relays. She is third on the program’s indoor 5,000-meter list (17:00.66) and sixth on the 3,000-meter list (9:55.46).
In cross country, Mildes is second on the program’s all-time list over a 6,000-meter course at 20:25.3 and third over a 5,000-meter course at 16:57. She helped guide the Zags to their first-ever national championship berth in 2015, after an All-Conference finish at the West Coast Conference Championships. She was selected All-Region, placing 21st at the NCAA West Regionals.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
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