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Marisa Clapp Named Academic All-American

Springfield Mass., June 24, 2002 - Springfield College sophomore Marisa Clapp (Winchendon, Mass.) was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America College Division Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The sports management major compiled a 3.95 g.p.a this year while establishing herself as one of the top distance runners in the nation.

Last fall, she earned All-America honors by placing 12th out of 213 runners at the NCAA Division III National Championship after finishing tenth at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship the week before. Named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s cross country runner of the year after winning the conference championship race, she also finished second at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship.

During the indoor track season, Clapp placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship. She also finished second in the 1,000-meter run at the ECAC Division III Championship.

This spring, she finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship to garner her third All-America award of the year.

Clapp was one of only four underclassman named an academic All-American out of 45 award winners split up into first, second and third teams.

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