College Track & Field News – Guilford’s Cason Earns Academic All-District Honor

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College’s David Cason (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) earned Capital One Academic All-District 5 NCAA Division III Track & Field/Cross Country recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday. He also received the honor last year and advances to CoSIDA’s NCAA Division III Academic All-America® ballot.

CoSIDA members nominated and selected the academic all-district teams. The squads are comprised of cross country and track and field student-athletes from NCAA III institutions in the 11-state area from Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia, south to Florida. Nominees were starters or important reserves of sophomore academic standing or above who maintained at least a 3.3 grade point average. As a first-team all-district selection, Cason is eligible for the organization’s Capital One Academic All-America® team, which will be announced June 25.

Cason, a junior, received all-region cross country recognition by virtue of his 20th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championships. He also captured second-team all-conference honors with a ninth-place finish at the ODAC Cross Country Championships. Earlier this month, Cason set the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and narrowly missed a spot in the NCAA Division III Championships. His time of nine minutes, 15.34 seconds at the Duke Twilight May 15 broke the former league standard set in 2012. Cason earned Second Team All-ODAC recognition for placing second to teammate Chad Norton at the league’s outdoor championships last month. He was a third-team all-league honoree after placing third in the 3,000 at the ODAC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

A double major in biology and health sciences with a minor in chemistry, Cason received Division III Cross Country All-Academic recognition from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association in the fall. He also earned one of Guilford’s prestigious Charles A. Dana Scholarships, the Eugene Hire Memorial Award for academic excellence and was inducted into the school’s Scholarship Society. Guilford’s Alumni Association honored him with its 2013 Clyde A. Milner Academic Excellence Award and he collected Guilford’s Eva Campbell Biology Scholarship in 2012 and 2013. He is a six-time member of Guilford’s Student-Athlete Honor Roll. The dean’s list student earned Academic All-ODAC recognition last year and has served as a resident advisor. He is completing an internship this summer in Duke University’s Department of Radiation Oncology.

Coach Danny Cash’s track and field teams placed fifth at the 2013 ODAC Outdoor Championships and sixth at the indoor championships this season. Cash expects Cason and 15 other letter winners back for the 2013-14 track campaign and six returning cross country letter winners.