Olson named to Academic All-America squad
AUSTIN, Texas — South Dakota State University high jumper Kali Olson has been named to the Capital One Academic Alll-America® Division I Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Second Team, becoming the sixth Jackrabbit student-athlete to earn Academic All-America recognition during the 2013-14 school year.
Olson, a recent SDSU graduate from Lisbon, North Dakota, completed her Jackrabbit career with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while majoring in psychology. She plans to continue her education next fall by attending graduate school for school psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Her academic achievements include: recipient of the 2014 Jackrabbit Scholar-Athlete Award, two-time United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic (2011 & 2013), Academic All-Summit League honoree, Summit League Distinguished Scholar, Summit League Academic Honor Roll and a member of The Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
In the high jump event, she ranks tied for fourth in the indoor high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and is tied for second in the outdoor high jump (5-8 3/4) at SDSU. She was named All-Summit League for placing third in the high jump event at the 2013 Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships. At the 2014 Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Olson placed fourth with her personal-best height of 5-8 3/4.
Olson qualified for the NCAA West Region meet during both her junior and senior seasons, finishing in a tie for 13th in 2014.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Other Jackrabbit student-athletes to earn Capital One Academic All-America® recognition during the 2013-14 academic year were men's basketball players Brayden Carlson and Jordan Dykstra, football players Jason Schneider and Zach Zenner, and men's swimmer Phil Albu.