June 22, 2004
Senior Todd Mobley (West Bloomfield, Mich.) has been named to the 2004 Academic All-America Men’s University Division Track & Field/Cross Country first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday, June 22. The All-America award is the first of Mobley’s career and 10th in Notre Dame men’s track & field/cross country history.
Mobley compiled a 3.83 grade point average for the award as a math major and also worked toward his graduate degree in business administration during the 2003-04 school year. He will return next season for a fifth year of eligibility in track and field after missing the 2003 campaign due to injury. He was Notre Dame’s nominee for the BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which was presented to St. John’s soccer player Chris Wingert. As his school’s nominee, Mobley received a $2,000 stipend to be used for postgraduate studies. Mobley will be able to utilize that money next season when he returns to school and continues his graduate studies.
The anchor of the 2003 Notre Dame cross country team, Mobley posted four top 30 finishes (including two top 10) on the way to earning his second All-America honor at the NCAA Championship. Qualifying as an individual for the final NCAA race, Mobley finished 27th overall in 30:09.5. He previously earned All-America honors in 2001 by finishing 38th.
Mobley’s other noteworthy finishes in 2003 for cross country included a seventh-place effort at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and a personal-best seventh at the BIG EAST Championship. That seventh-place finish at the BIG EAST meet marks the second time Mobley has finished in the top 10 at the prestigious competition (eighth in ’01) to earn all-BIG EAST honors.
During the 2004 track and field season, Mobley concentrated on the 5,000 meters – eventually finishing fourth at the BIG EAST Championship. He stepped up during the outdoor season to earn all-BIG EAST accolades in the 10,000 meters (finishing second) and helping Notre Dame secure the team title with a fifth-place effort in the 5,000 meters.
Mobley becomes the eighth individual to earn Academic All-America honors for the Notre Dame men’s track and field/cross country program and is the third straight season at least one individual earned an honor. Ryan Shay and Luke Watson began the streak in 2001-02 and Watson repeated his honor in 2002-03.
Overall, Notre Dame has fielded nine Academic All-Americans from the men’s track and field/cross country program. Tom Mick (1988), Mike McWilliams (1995), Jeff Hojnacki (1997), Errol Williams (1998), Jason Rexing (1997-98), Ryan Shay (2002) and Luke Watson (2002-03) comprise the previous winners, with each earning athletic All-America honors in the same season – save Tom Mick in 1988.
Mobley also becomes the 151st Notre Dame student-athlete to earn All-America honors, second all-time behind Nebraska (203 entering the 2003-04 season).