AUSTIN, Texas --- Three Tusculum student-athletes have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District 3 Track/Cross Country first team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Tusculum sprinter Evan Altizer was named to the men's team while distance runners Makenzi Alley and Nicole McMillen were selected to the women's squad. The Tusculum trio advances to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® national ballot which will be announced later this month.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the playing field and in the classroom.
Altizer, a native of Weddington, North Carolina, graduated from Tusculum earlier this month with a 3.87 cumulative grade point average while majoring in English. Altizer garners his second Academic All-District accolade this academic year as he was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments on the football field.
Altizer competed with both of the Tusculum indoor and outdoor track programs as a sprinter where he finished 14th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.97 seconds at the South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Championship. He also placed 16th in the 200 meters with a time of 22.1 seconds at the SAC Outdoor meet.
He was named the SAC Football Scholar Athlete of the Year in the fall while also earning CoSIDA Football Academic All-America® first team honors as a return specialist. He led the Pioneers with his 9.1 punt return average, which was third in the league and 42nd in the country.
Altizer is also a member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Tusculum Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Dean's List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.
Alley, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, earned Academic All-District honors for a second straight year. Alley has a 3.92 GPA while majoring in biology. She ran in four of the Pioneers' five cross country meets where she posted a season-best 24th place finish at the Tusculum Open. She also finished 33rd at the Lenoir-Rhyne Open and 65th at the SAC Championship.
Alley is a member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Dean's List, Charles Oliver Gray Honors List, President's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
McMillen, a junior from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, has a 3.91 GPA while majoring in business management. She is a member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Dean's List, Charles Oliver Gray Honors List, President's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
She competed with both the indoor and outdoor track programs while also lettering with the Tusculum women's soccer team. She posted a third place finish in the mile run at the SAC Indoor Championship with a time of 5:15.72. McMillen logged an 11th place showing in the 1500 meters at the SAC Outdoor Championship.
District 3 is comprised of NCAA Division II programs representing the South Atlantic Conference, Conference Carolinas and the Peach Belt Conference.
The Division II Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII Academic All-America® teams.
2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District 3 Track/Cross Country Team
Makenzi Alley, Tusculum
Carla Catala Martin, Clayton St.
Joy Diaz, Clayton St.
Nia Elmore, Clayton St.
Tori Gaul, Carson-Newman
Valerie Griesche, Wingate
Leah Hanle, Mount Olive
Amy Jackson, Wingate
Nicole McMillen, Tusculum
Lucie Noall, Queens
Juliet Salgueiro, Wingate
Rebekah White, Carson-Newman
Hannah Wolkenhauer, Queens
Justin Alford, Barton
Evan Altizer, Tusculum
Javier Bustos Jaimes, Francis Marion
Jonathan Dahike, Mount Olive
Jorge Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial
Nathan Hinderer, Wingate
Sam Mack, Flagler
Devin Nelson, Francis Marion
Michael Powell, UNC Pembroke
Tanner Stepp, Carson-Newman