Carroll College’s Leah Esposito again named Academic All-America of the Year

Carroll College cross country runners Janie Reid (left) and Leah Esposito (right) earned all-American honors at the NAIA championships on Saturday. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

(Editor’s note: Carroll College media release)

AUSTIN, Texas – Carroll College senior women’s track and field/cross country runner Leah Esposito has been named the 2016-17 College Division Academic All-America® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second consecutive year. She is just the second athlete ever, from any division to earn the honor twice. University of Nebraska’s Sarah Paven earned the honors back-to-back in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

The College Division Academic All-America® teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. This the fifth year that CoSIDA has named College Division Academic All-America® teams.

Esposito is sixth student-athlete to earn the College Division Academic All-America® of the Year and is the first one in the College Division to earn the award for the second consecutive year. Park University women’s volleyball player Wanessa Siqueira captured the award in 2014-15. Men’s soccer player Stephen Lunney (Martin Methodist College) collected the honor in 2013-14. Women’s soccer player Mia Persson (Lindsey Wilson College) earned the award in 2012-13, and Jamie Achten of the Lee University women’s soccer team was selected in 2011-12.

“It feels great,” said Esposito. “I am kind of shocked that I received the award a second time. There are a lot of people to thank honestly. It means a lot to me, not only does it validate all of the hard work that I have put in here, but it is a great recognition for the great coaches and the more than fantastic professors here.

“I’ve gained so much from my experience at Carroll, not just academics and athletics but I’ve grown so much as a person. It means a lot to give the college the…

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