MU Cross Country's Clark Named All-Academic

IRVING, TEXAS – Kathleen Clark was named to the 2008 Conference USA Women's Cross Country All-Academic team as announced Wednesday by the league office. Clark was honored due to her outstanding work in the classroom maintaining a 4.0 GPA while majoring in marketing, along with being one of Marshall's top women's runners. Clark is a sophomore from Twinsburg, Ohio.

"Kathleen is a great ambassador for our program," Marshall cross country head coach Jeff Small said. "She always takes care of her business both on and off the track. We are thrilled to have her as part of our family here at Marshall."

During her sophomore season with Marshall, Clark led the women's team placing first among Thundering Herd runners in five out of six meets she competed in. Her best time came at the Evansville Invitational with a mark of 19:01, a personal best. Her best finish however came at the EKU Dual Meet, where she placed second overall.

As a freshman in 2007, Clark ran in all but one meet on the year. She had a her best finish at the EKU Open, placing 19th. In high school, Clark ran track all four years of high school. In the spring of 2005, she was named second team all-conference, but in springs of 2006 and 2007, as a junior and senior, Clark was first team all-conference. In addition, she was part of the 4x800 state championship. She also played volleyball and ran cross country.

Clark is the aughter of Brad Clark and Patty Cusma, and was born on June, 23, 1989. At Marshall, she is majoring in Sports Management and Marketing.

This is not the first academic honor in the calendar year for Marshall cross country. Last winter, the women's cross country team was named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association list of All-Academic Teams for 2007. The team must also have a minimum of 3.00 team cumulative grade point average. Marshall had a 3.40 cumulative GPA last fall. "I am really proud of these girls," Small said. "They run hard and study hard."

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