Jake Benton named CoSIDA Academic All-District

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern senior distance runner Jake Benton has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

To be considered for this honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative 3.30 GPA, as well as participate in at least 50 percent of his team's events. The Lions are in a district with schools from the MIAA, the Great American Conference and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. 

A four-year distance runner for the Lions, Benton (Wentzville, Mo.) helped continue the tradition of dominance among distance runners for the MSSU program. A cross country All-MIAA and All-Region selection the past two years, Benton helped the Lions to two appearances in the NCAA XC Championships, finishing 8th in 2012 and 19th this year. During his tenure, the team has finished no lower than third at the MIAA XC meet.  

He was one of six MIAA track and field athletes to be named to the All-District team. Benton's name will now go on the ballot for Academic All-America. He graduated from Missouri Southern with a 4.00 GPA in biology/pre-med. 

The complete Academic All-District team is posted below. 

NCAA Division II - District VII

         

ALL EVENTS

William Shell

SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

 

Sr.

Cape Girardeau, Mo.

4.0

Athletic Training

ALL EVENTS

Ben Barrows

CENTRAL MISSOURI, UNIVERSITY OF

 

Sr.

Smithville, Mo.

4.0

Mathematics

ALL EVENTS

Mickey Doerr

WAYNE STATE COLLEGE

 

Sr.

Bloomfield, Neb.

4.00

History and Science Education

ALL EVENTS

Kevin Naceanceno

HARDING UNIVERSITY

 

Jr.

Clovis, N.M.

3.94

Biochemistry

ALL EVENTS

Jake Benton

MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

 

Sr.

Wentzville, Mo.

4.00

Pre-Med (Biology)

ALL EVENTS

Kevin Carder

NEBRASKA-KEARNEY, UNIVERSITY OF

 

Sr.

Albion, Neb.

3.99

Political Science

ALL EVENTS

Stephen Hedlund

HARDING UNIVERSITY

 

So.

O'Fallon, Mo.

4.00

Economics

ALL EVENTS

Payson Maydew

EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY

 

So.

Pratt, Kan.

3.95

Accounting

ALL EVENTS

Dillon Schrodt

NEBRASKA-KEARNEY, UNIVERSITY OF

 

Jr.

Lincoln, Neb.

3.86

Math Education 7-12

ALL EVENTS

Nate Cole

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD

 

Jr.

Fergus Falls, Minn.

3.98

Business Management