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Mathison, Cook-Gallardo, and Dodge voted to Academic All-District Teams

May 31, 2018 at 3:09 pm
By Kevin Grow '18
(L to R) Tris Dodge, Meg Mathison, and Donson Cook-Gallardo
(L to R) Tris Dodge, Meg Mathison, and Donson Cook-Gallardo
Photo: Nathan Klok

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Carleton College track and field stars Meg Mathison ’20 (Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee), Donson Cook-Gallardo ’18 (Moscow, Idaho/Moscow), and Tris Dodge ’19 (Oakland, Calif./College Prep) were recognized for their excellence in the classroom. The trio was selected to Academic All-District Track and Field/Cross Country Teams, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

An economics major with a 3.91 grade-point average, Mathison earned bids to the NCAA Championships two times as a sophomore. Despite it being her first year competing in cross country, she earned All-American honors by finishing in sixth place at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Her incredible cross country season included a first-place finish at both the 2017 MIAC Championships and the 2017 Central Region Championships. Mathison was named the USTFCCA Central Region’s Women’s Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Year.

In track and field, Mathison was the MIAC champ in the indoor 3,000-meter run and was named an All-American after finishing eighth in the mile run at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. During the outdoor season, Mathison won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the MIAC Championships. She qualified for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships in that event but skipped the competition due to an injury.

Cook-Gallardo accumulated a 3.46 GPA as a Biology major. A seven time All-America award winner, he concludes his time at Carleton as one of the most decorated athletes in college history.

Cook-Gallardo earned All-America honors at three NCAA Championships during his senior campaign. At the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships, he finished 15th to earn his first All-America award of the season. Cook-Gallardo added a second senior season All-American award with a third-place finish in the mile run at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

In outdoor track and field, Cook-Gallardo matched his top finish at the NCAA championships by coming in second place in the 800-meter run. He leaves Carleton as the school’s record holder in both the 1,500 and 800-meter events. He also established the Panamanian national record for the indoor 3,000-meter run.

A Biology major with a 3.94 grade-point average, Dodge earned several All-MIAC awards during the 2017-18 academic year. He started this stretch by taking seventh at the 2017 MIAC Cross Country Championships in the fall. At the Central Region Championships, Dodge placed 23rd to earn All-Region honors. He joined Cook-Gallardo and the rest of the men’s cross country team at the NCAA Championships, where the squad finished 10th for the Knights’ best placement since 2004.

Dodge then added a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter run and a fourth-place result in the 5,000-meter run at the 2018 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. He capped off his junior season with second-place finishes in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter run at the 2018 MIAC Outdoor Championships earlier this month.

A total of 21 student-athletes—10 men, 11 women—earned spots on the Academic All-District Teams for the NCAA Division III’s District 6, which encompasses schools in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Carleton and Calvin College were the only schools in the district with three honorees.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in June.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a key contributor at the varsity level, maintain a cumulative grade point average 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. For more information about the Academic All-District and All-America Teams program, please visit academicallamerica.com.