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Senior Marisa Clapp Earns Academic All-District Honors In Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 7, 2004 – Springfield College senior Marisa Clapp (Charlton, Mass.) was one of 10 athletes named to the 2004 Academic All-District I College Division Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team. She moves on to the national ballot where she will be in the running for her third career Academic All-America award to cap an outstanding career at SC.

Clapp, a five-time All-American in track & field and cross country, became one of only five student-athletes in Springfield College history to earn First Team Academic All-America honors in 2003. She also was a second-team Academic All-American in 2002. Clapp earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management in December, finishing with a 3.95 g.p.a. Clapp was one of 29 female fall sport student-athletes across Divisions I, II and III to earn a post-graduate scholarship, and one of just 10 winners in Division III, to be awarded a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship from the NCAA.

In cross country, Clapp earned three consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner-of-the-Year honors (2001, '02 and '03). She is a two-time All-American in the sport, finishing 18th at the 2002 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and 12th at the 2001 nationals.

As a member of the track & field team, Clapp placed seventh in the 1,500-meter event (4:32.98) at the 2003 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships to earn her third career All-America title in the sport. Earlier in the season, Clapp was named the NEWMAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year after winning the 800, 1,500, and 5,000-meter events at the conference outdoor track & field championships.

To be eligible for the Academic All-District I team, a student-athlete must play at a Division II or III institution based in New England or New York. The student-athlete must have a minimum 3.2 g.p.a. and be a starter or significant reserve on the team. The honorees are voted upon by the sports information directors at those institutions.
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