By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) revealed the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Capital University's Jason Coon and Logan Allison were each named First Team Academic All-District®, which automatically qualifies them for Academic All-America® consideration.
The 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's Track/Cross Country Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the playing field and in the classroom.
Fresh off of his All-America® performance at the 2018 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships last week, recent graduate Jason Coon (Bernville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) earned the first Academic All-District® honor of his career. Coon is an electronic media and film major at Capital and graduated with honors in early May. He became a two-time All-American in the shot put after setting a new CU record in the event with a toss of 17.04 meters (55-11). That toss hit the reset button on a record that stood 60 years and was held by George Troutman. His third-place finish matched Rick Meindl for highest placement at the national meet and highest since that 1978 season. He was also an All-American on the indoor circuit, placing seventh overall.
For the second time in his storied career, recent graduate Logan Allison (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) was named Academic All-District® by CoSIDA. Allison was a 2018 indoor All-American in the triple jump, becoming the fourth Capital track & field athlete, male or female, to earn at least three athletic All-America honors. He was also Capital's male representative at the Ohio Athletic Conference's Clyde Lamb Award banquet, recognizing the best student-athletes at each member institution. He is now beginning his journey in the Ohio University physical therapy doctorate program.
As first team Academic All-District® honorees, both Crusaders advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with Google Cloud Academic All-America® teams announced in June.
To be nominated for Academic All-America®, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable), complete one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
For more information about CoSIDA's Google Cloud Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit www.AcademicAllAmerica.com or the Academic All-America® homepage on www.CoSIDA.com.