By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Tuesday, June 21, that seniors Logan Allison and Jason Coon of Capital University Men's Track & Field were among the 45 male student-athletes named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Track & Field/Cross Country Teams. For the second time, Allison received First Team Academic All-America® honors and Coon was named to the Second Team.
Allison (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) became the first men's track & field athlete in Capital history to earn Academic All-American status last year, he is the seventh Crusader to receive the honor multiple times and is one of 12 multiple-time honorees on this year's team. With the addition of Coon (Bernville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley), this is the first time that Capital has had two honorees in an academic year since 2015.
Allison studied exercise science/pre-physical therapy at Capital and was also named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference for a third time, honoring student-athletes in the OAC for achieving a 3.50 or higher grade-point average. Coon also was named Academic All-OAC and majored in electronic media and film.
To qualify for All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution, and have spent at least one calendar year at the school. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests at their natural position. Allison and Coon were placed on the Division III Academic All-America® ballot after being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Team on May 29.
Allison ends his Capital career as a three-time athletic All-American after placing in the top-10 in the triple jump at both the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2017 and the Indoor Championships in 2018. He was named the OAC Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2017 and indoor season in 2018. Coon placed third nationally in the shot put at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships to earn his first athletic All-American distinction.
Capital has now placed at least one student-athlete on a CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® team in every year dating back to 2012. (View all Academic All-Americans in Capital history)
The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America® teams.