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Runner Sheri McCormack Named CoSIDA Academic All-American

by WHTC News

Hope Colleges Sheri McCormack has been chosen to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Mens and Womens Track and Field/Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The recent graduate from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS), is one of 15 female athletes on the First Team and 45 honored total on either the First, Second or Third Teams.

McCormack is the second Hope athlete to receive CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America recognition during the 2013-14 school year. Basketball player Megan Kelley of Rockford, Michigan (Rockford HS) was named a Second-Team Academic All-American in February.

McCormack has been accepted to the University of Michigans Dental School. She held a 3.91 GPA at Hope while pursuing a major in Spanish and a minor in chemistry.

Hope track & field coach Kevin Cole said McCormacks focus and drive enables her to excel.

"She knows what she wants on the track, in the classroom and out of life," Cole said. "She does what needs to do to get those things done. Ive had her as an athlete and in one of my classes. She stands out above most everybody else."

In May, McCormack finished sixth in the nation in the 1,500 meters at the Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She became Hope's first All-American in the event.

Last fall, McCormack placed 17th at the Division III Women's Cross Country Championships. She recorded the Flying Dutch's third-highest individual finish at nationals. She also helped Hope place ninth in the team standings and match the second-highest finish in team history.

McCormack repeated as 1,500-meter champion at the Michigan intercollegiate Athletic Association Field Day earlier this month. She earned All-MIAA track & field honors for the third time this spring.

McCormack was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Cross Country runner last fall.

In March, McCormack received a NCAA postgraduate scholarship.