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Radford's Olinger Garners CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team Honors
RADFORD, Va. - Radford senior Brett Olinger (Timberville, Va./Broadway) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District III men's track and field first team on Thursday afternoon.
The 2012 Indoor and Outdoor Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year garnered the honor for the second straight season and advances to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later in June.

Olinger, who graduated with a 3.97 GPA in business management, is Radford's two-time Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a four-time member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.

On the track, Olinger captured his second consecutive Big South outdoor title in the 400m hurdles and currently owns all 10 top 400m hurdle marks in program history and ended his career with 12 individual titles.

Kyle Kling Named Academic All-District
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University distance standout Kyle Kling has been selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District IV Team for his efforts on the track and in the classroom.

Kling graduated summa cum laude with a 3.87 GPA in marketing, while earning four Big South All-Academic Team honors.  The Louisville, Ohio, native has been equally impressive on the track, recording Coastal's top 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m times of the 2012 season. Kling won the 3,000m at the Chanticleer Classic with a time of 8:53.29, ran a 14:48.95 to place 19th in the 5,000m at the prestigious Penn Relays and posted a season-best 31:37.54 in the 10,000m at the Raleigh Relays. 

Kling graduates as the Chanticleers' all-time 3,000m record holder with a time of 8:33.15. Additionally, he ranks second in the record books in the 10,000m (30:10.17) and fourth in the 5,000m (14:30.98).

Wortham Named Big South Woman of the Year, Tabbed Academic All-District
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Recent VMI graduate Carrie Wortham '12 was named the Big South Woman of the Year, as announced by the conference at its annual Award and Hall of Fame Dinner late Thursday night in Hilton Head, S.C. Wortham is VMI's first recipient of the Big South honor, and now becomes a candidate for the NCAA honor of the same name.

In addition, she was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District III team, making her the first VMI track and field athlete since 2008 to earn that honor.

Wortham, a 3.92 student in biology, competed in the pole vault all four years at VMI, and equaled her personal best with a 3.30 meter jump at the VMI Collegiate Invitational in February.  As a junior, she finished seventh at the Big South Outdoor Championships with a jump of 3.25 meters to mark her first career scoring effort at the Conference meet.  Other career highlights include a seventh-place finish at the Military Track & Field Championships in 2010.  Wortham also ran cross country during her freshman season of 2008 in addition to her time on the track team.  A three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member, Wortham also received the VMI Faculty Merit Scholarship the last two years, which is given to rising junior and senior cadets displaying excellence in scholarship, extracurricular activities and high military standing.

Off the track, Wortham made mission trips to Haiti twice and Honduras once where she worked with orphanages in both countries.  She volunteered with the Midwives for Haiti and was involved in the VMI Engineers Without Borders Chapter.  Wortham has also been involved with VMI's Recycling Club and was a Regimental S-2 Staff in Corps of Cadets where she was a captain.  She also served as President of the VMI Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society.  During her time at VMI, Wortham was inducted into six different Honor Society organizations, including the Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society in Iota International Foreign Language.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee will determine the top 10 and top three honorees in each division by considering specific guidelines.  The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will also use the same guidelines when selecting the 2012 award winner.  All honorees receive an NCAA certificate and are included in press announcements.  The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 14, 2012.