SEWARD, Neb. – For their efforts in the classroom and in athletics, senior Ben Sievert and junior Stephanie Coley have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District® 3 Track & Field/Cross Country First Team of the College Division, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. District 3 of the College Division includes NAIA schools in the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and North Dakota.
CoSIDA, “the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District® Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by CoSIDA, have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.”
Sievert has received the honor for the second-straight year while Coley is a first-time recipient. Other Concordia All-District selections in 2014-15 include Amy Ahlers (golf), Brendan Buchanan (soccer), Chandler Folkerts (basketball), Jaydee Jurgensen (baseball), Adam Meirose (football), Bailey Morris (basketball), Rachel Mussell (soccer), Shawn Rodehorst (golf) and Melissa Stine (soccer). Folkerts was also named a second team academic All-American.
Sievert, a native of Frankenmuth, Mich., captured All-America honors at the 2013 NAIA Cross Country National Championships with a 19th-place finish. He’s been all-conference all four years in cross country and 15 times on the track. He qualified for cross country nationals in each of his four seasons and was been part of two All-America 4x800 meter relays. Sievert has been named a NAIA Scholar-Athlete twice in both cross country and track and field. He earned his degree from Concordia in middle level education.
Coley, who hails from Gering, Neb., entered this week’s NAIA outdoor national championships with four career All-America plaques – all in the shot put. She has qualified for nationals for indoor and outdoor in each of her first three seasons. She holds nine career all-conference awards (six in the shot put). Coley owns the Concordia program record in the indoor shot put (47’ 7 ¼”). She is an English major.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in June after the 2015 CoSIDA Convention. Teams will be announced: June 22: College teams; June 23: Division III; June 24: Division II; June 25: Division I).