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La Salle's McGlinchey, Lutz Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Status


PHILADELPHIA - La Salle's Meghan McGlinchey (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford)and Meghan Lutz (Langhorne, Pa./Nazareth Academy) were named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Assocation (USTFCCCA) national All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 track & field season, announced on Wednesday.

McGlinchey and Lutz are two of 676 student-athletes who qualified for the All-Academic Team. A total of 171 institutions are represented. La Salle has had at least one cross country and/or track and field athlete on the All-Academic Team every year since 1998. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 grade point average and either qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Round in the outdoor season or finish in the top 96 nationally in an individual event or top 48 in a relay event during the indoor season.

McGlinchey adds another honor to cap off a stellar year that saw her win three Atlantic 10 gold medals and set two meet records. She captured A-10 gold in the 10K while setting a championship record time. She also won the conference 5K titles in both the outdoor and indoor seasons. During the indoor season, she set a meet record at Navy's Wesley A. Brown Invitational as well.

Her NCAA qualification was the second of her career, as she qualified in the 5,000 meters during the 2011 outdoor season. Her season- and career-best 10K time of 33:46.04 this year ranked her eighth in the East Region and 21st nationally, as she attained that time by finishing second at the Stanford Invitational. She also set a personal record and came close to the school record in the 5K with a time of 16:20.76 to finish fourth at the Penn Relays.

Lutz earned the second NCAA 10K qualification of her career this season as well, as she also qualified in 2010. She ran a personal best 35:27.27 to finish third at the Penn Relays and earn her qualifying time. She also finished in the top 10 of the conference with an eighth place finish in the 10K at the Atlantic 10 Championship. This marked her third straight top 10 performance, finishing fifth last season and fourth in 2010.

She also has an Atlantic 10 medal to her name, capturing the silver medal in the indoor 5K in 2011.

The All-Academic honor is the second of Lutz's career, who also earned the national award in 2010. This marks McGlinchey's first.