by Ed Beach
Drury University’s Claire McCune was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
Honorees were selected for the award based on achievement in the classroom as well as in competition. With spring sports cut short due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the criteria for performance changed to career achievements in addition to the fall cross country season.
The Academic All-District team includes members from the three conferences in the NCAA-II Midwest Region – the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Only 12 student-athletes from the district were selected to the All-Academic squad.
Last fall, McCune became Drury’s first-ever NCAA-II All-American in women’s cross country when she finished 35th among 261 runners at the national championship meet in Sacramento, California. The Springfield native and product of New Covenant Academy finished the six-kilometer race with a time of 20:56.0, breaking her personal best in a 6-k run by 19 seconds. McCune has been the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women’s Runner of the Year in cross country twice and the Freshman of the Year in the league in 2017. She won back-to-back individual GLVC championships during her freshman and sophomore seasons.
McCune is a Management and Finance major with a 3.80 grade-point-average and has been an All-Academic honoree in the GLVC in every year of her career.
With this award, McCune will be eligible for Academic All-American honors. Those awards will be announced later this month.