NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Even though the national championship meet was last weekend, Carleton College seniors Simone Childs-Walker (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) and Alison Smyth (Billings, Mont./Billings West) keep right on winning. The pair was voted to the 2012 Capital One Academic All‐District Women’s Track/Cross Country Team in recognition of their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Childs-Walker boasts a 3.97 GPA as a philosophy major and earned Academic All-District honors for the third time. Last weekend at the NCAA Championships, she turned in her 12th career All-America performance with an eighth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. Childs-Walker owns 16 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference individual titles overall, easily most in by female distance runner over at least the last four decades. She won three crowns in 2011-12, taking top honors at the conference cross country meet as well as the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Childs-Walker was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American a year ago.
Smyth earns her first Academic All-District award as she possesses a 3.52 GPA in chemistry. The 2012 MIAC Champion in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs at conference outdoor track meet, she finished second overall at MIAC cross country meet in 2011 and was the team’s top finisher at both the NCAA Central Regional race and the NCAA Championships. Along with Childs-Walker, she helped the Knights capture the 2009 and 2011 MIAC cross country titles. Smyth ran at NCAA Cross Country Championships all four years and made her first trip to the national track meet last week. She was running in sixth place during the 10K before suffering an injury. Not just a long-distance runner, Smyth broke the school record in the 1,500-meter run in early May.
The Capital One Academic All-District team is part of the Capital One Academic All-America program, administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Top student-athletes from Division III programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan are eligible for inclusion on the Academic All-District team. To be eligible, 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 her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.
First‐team Academic All‐District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America Team ballot, where first‐, second‐, and third‐team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.