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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Senior harrier Sarah Hakala (Jacksonville, Fla.) of the Georgia College & State University cross country team was named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Director's Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team in track and field/cross country, the organization announced.
A four-year member of the Bobcat cross country team, Hakala boasts a 4.0 GPA in biology with a minor in anthropology. As a result of her first-team nod, she'll move on to the Academic All-America ballot, with results due Friday, June 19.
She ran in five of the team's eight meets this season, finishing 46th overall and seventh on the team (23:11) at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships. Hakala also set a personal-best in the 6k this season at the Pepperdine Invitational, crossing the line in 25:08.
This marks the second time in as many years that Hakala has been chosen first team All-District. She is the only PBC runner to make the Academic All-District squad. All-time, the Bobcats have had three Academic All-District honors.
Both teams had one of their most successful campaigns on the course in 2008, taking their highest finishes in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship - the women getting fifth and the men ninth. The women also picked up the 10th team title in program history, winning the Division II race at the Pepperdine Invitational.
Winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, the GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.