June 9, 2004
The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s track and field/cross country programs were represented by two individuals last week when CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) released the 2003-04 Academic All-District V teams. Selected by members of CoSIDA for their academic and athletic success over the last season, junior Lauren King (Toronto, Ontario) and senior Todd Mobley (West Bloomfield, Mich.) were named to their respective district teams and will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
King began her season with cross country in the fall, becoming the first Notre Dame female runner to earn All-America honors three times. She finished 27th at the 2003 NCAA Cross Country Championship, helping Notre Dame finish 10th as a team. During the 2004 track and field season, King won the BIG EAST indoor mile championship and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship in the mile and as a member of the distance medley relay (finishing 10th in both events).
A six-time All-American (three cross country, three track and field), King boasts a 3.375 GPA with a major in biology. Among King’s many career highlights at Notre Dame, she became the first women’s cross country runner to win the highly-competitive BIG EAST individual championship in 2002 and helped the Irish finish third at the NCAA Championship that season – the highest finish in school history.
King’s 2004 outdoor season was cut short by an injury, but she did return to the track in time to finish eighth in the 1,500 meters at the BIG EAST outdoor meet and qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional with a 4:24.52 effort in the 1,500 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
Mobley was selected at Notre Dame’s BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2003-04, representing the top upperclassmen athlete for the Irish in conference competition. A two-time cross country All-American (2002, 2003), Mobley finished 27th overall at the ’03 NCAA meet and finished seventh at the BIG EAST Championship. During the 2004 track season, Mobley finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the BIG EAST indoor meet (also taking 11th in the 3,000 meters) and posted two top-five finishes at the league outdoor meet. Mobley was second in the 10,000 meters (earning all-BIG EAST honors in that event for the second time in his career) and fifth in the 5,000 meters (14:46.17), playing a key role in Notre Dame’s repeat team title.
A math major with a 3.833 GPA, Mobley will return to campus next season for another year of eligibility in track and field (he missed the 2003 season with an injury). Mobley has already started work toward his MBA during the ’03-’04 school year and will continue those studies next season as well.
2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District V University Division Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team
Name, Year, School, GPA, Major
Stephanie Bone, Jr., Eastern Illinois, 3.83, Health Studies
Jane Daniels, So., Bradley, 4.00, Environmental Science
Audrey Geisler, Sr., Indiana, 3.98, Biology (Pre-Med)
Lauren King, Jr., Notre Dame, 3.375, Biology
Angie Kolanko, Sr., Wisconsin, 3.833, Elementary Education
Amanda Meyer, Jr., Valparaiso, 3.97, Business Management/Sports Management
Yael Peled, Jr., Wisconsin, 4.00, Computer Science/Math
Monica Stearns, Sr., Minnesota, 3.63, Biomedical Engineering
Inna Turesvsky, Jr., Southern Illinois, 3.833, Electrical Engineering
Lindsay Zinn, Jr., Purdue, 3.78, Pharmacy
2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District V University Division Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team
Name, Year, School, GPA, Major
John Albert, Jr., Minnesota, 3.90, Finance
Jason Bill, So., Illinois, 3.609, Integrative Biology
Tom Burns, Sr., Indiana, 3.72, Math
Aaron Grobengieser, Jr., Eastern Illinois, 3.78, Family and Consumer Science
Mikael Jakobsson, Sr., Minnesota, 3.84, Entrepreneurial Management
Miklos Konkoly, Sr., Illinois State, 3.63, Business Administration
Todd Mobley, Sr., Notre Dame, 3.833, Math
Paul Panning, Sr., Ball State, 3.423, Management Information Systems
Adam Steele, Sr., Minnesota, 3.26, Sociology
Adam Wierciak, Sr., Valparaiso, 3.85, Civil Engineering