Worcester, MA --- Worcester State women's track and field student-athlete Christy Deininger (N. Attleboro, MA) has been named to the Capital One Academic Division III All-District I Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The sophomore will advance to the national ballot for All-American consideration.
Deininger is the second Lancer this season to receive All-District I accolades as women's soccer senior student-athlete Nikki Scott was tabbed to the team before earning Academic All-American laurels. District I includes Division III institutions that make up Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Of the 10 District I honorees, Deininger was one of four from the MASCAC including senior's Sarah Lagasse (Rehoboth, MA) and Molly Rouillard (Dartmouth, MA) of Bridgewater State and fourth-year Amanda Gricus (Marion, MA) of Westfield State.
The three-time All-MASCAC Academic honoree has an undergraduate grade point average of 3.61. Deininger has also been on the deans list in each of the last three semesters through this past fall season.
Deininger has been instrumental in what has been a record year for the women's indoor and outdoor track & field team.
In addition to aiding the cause in helping the Blue and Gold capture the MASCAC indoor and outdoor crowns, Deininger helped the Lancers post a pair of stellar finishes in the winter and spring seasons at the Division III New England Championships with sixth-place during the indoors and fourth in the outdoor campaign.
At the Division III New England indoor meet, she became the third WSU female student-athlete to win a title (60 meter hurdles) and she ran the opening leg of the winning 4x100 relay, that broke the meet record with a time of 47.26.
Deininger also chipped in a pair of school-record times in the 60 meter hurdles (8.94) and the 100 meter hurdles (14.57). Her time in the 60 hurdles was the 16th best time in Division III and the 100 hurdles split was good for 18th at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.
To be eligible for all-academic honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or a key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 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.
This marks the first year that the College Division (Non-Division I) has been expanded to include Divisions II, III, and the NAIA and Canadian schools and two-year institutions. The regions were also spread out to include eight distinct geographic locations across the United States.