Nick Wilson Earns Academic All-America Status
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- Recent Air Force graduate Nick Wilson was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Track and Field/Cross Country University Division Third-Team, as voted on by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and released this afternoon (June 20).
A two-time conference champion, Wilson graduated with a 3.45 grade-point-average in mechanical engineering. He is a four-time honoree on the Mountain West Conference Academic All-Conference team for both cross country and track. He is the first Academic All-America® selection for the track program since Dolly Patel in 1996 and the first for cross country since Chris Nelson in 1991.
During the outdoor track campaign, Wilson won the MWC 10,000-meter run, while scoring in the 5000-meter run. He also finished within the top-five of the 3000- and 5000-meter events during the indoor season.
In addition, Wilson picked up a second-place finish at the 2005 MWC Cross Country Championships. The Jacksonville, Fla., native is a three-time all-conference contender in cross country and a two-time all-conference honoree in track.
Wilson was named Academic All-District in early June. His inclusion on the district first-team made him eligible for the national vote.
To be eligible for the Academic All-America® award, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve for the varsity team, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.