FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas Razorback senior Katie Stripling, a member of the women’s track and field team, has picked up 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Tuesday.
"Katie has always produced on the track and in the classroom," head coach Lance Harter said. "She takes great pride in her academic and athletic achievements. This is another award that accentuates her great career as a Razorback."
A kinesiology major with a 3.95 GPA and a minor in psychology, Stripling is a four-time NCAA All-American, a three-time Southeastern Conference champion and three-time All-SEC honoree. She finished fifth in the pole vault at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. She was named the 2009 SEC co-Field Athlete of the Year for her win in the pole vault.
A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Stripling owns the outdoor Arkansas (14-5.5) and SEC meet (14-5.25) records in the pole vault. She is a seven-time NCAA qualifier, a USA Championships qualifier and she competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. Stripling also took the pole vault title at the 2008 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships.
Stripling is now a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, also receiving the honor in 2009, and she has been a member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association All-Academic team three times. She was honored at Arkansas’ Red Tie Dinner and Salute to Excellence with a scholar-athlete award in January.
Stripling and other current and former members of the Razorback women’s track and field team will compete at the USA Championships, June 24-27, in Des Moines, Iowa.