Four earn Academic All-American honors

South Dakota's Zack Anderson was one of four Summit League student-athletes named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Cross Country/Track & Field teams.
South Dakota's Zack Anderson was one of four Summit League student-athletes named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Cross Country/Track & Field teams.

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AUSTIN, Texas—Four Summit League student-athletes were selected to be members of the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Cross Country/Track & Field teams as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.

North Dakota State's Elliott Stone was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America first team for the second straight year. Stone has an overall GPA of 4.0 and is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. At the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships he finished third in the 10,000-meter and fifth in the 5,000-meter. At the league's indoor championships, he finished fourth in the 3,000-meter and sixth in the 5,000-meter. This past fall during the cross country season, Stone finished fourth overall at the Summit League Cross Country Championships.

Fellow Bison Shelby Gunnells has accumulated a 4.00 GPA in geology at NDSU to earn her spot on the Google Cloud Academic All-America second team. At the league's indoor championships, Gunnells finished third in the shot put and sixth in the weight throw. Gunnells' performance in the shot put during the indoor season earned her a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she finished ninth earning her second-team All-America status.

South Dakota State's Kyle Burdick and South Dakota's Zack Anderson were both selected for the Google Cloud Academic All-America third team. Burdick has a 3.79 undergraduate GPA and a 4.0 graduate GPA in natural resources law enforcement. During the cross country season, Burdick finished third at the Summit League Cross Country Championships while following up with a fifteenth place finish at the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships. At the indoor league championships, Burdick won all three events he competed in (mile, 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter) including two meet records (mile and 5,000-meter) and a personal-best time (5,000-meter). At the outdoor league championships, he finished runner up in the 1,500-meter and the 5,000-meter while winning the 10,000-meter. Burdick earned the Summit League Indoor and Outdoor Track Championship MVP and was named the Summit League Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Anderson was selected to the third team with a 3.65 GPA in physical education. Anderson broke a six-year-old Summit League Indoor Championships meet record in the high jump with a mark of 7-02.25 (2.19m) to claim the event and earned himself a trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships. He earned the second All-America honor of his career at the indoor national meet when he finished 13thoverall. During the outdoor season, he broke a 17-year-old Summit League Championships meet record with a leap of 7-04.24 (2.24m) to take home the title. His mark at the NCAA West Preliminary earned him a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships where he boasted a height of 7-0.50 to take 17th place.

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