Fleming Named Academic All-America®

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 26th, 2006

 

Recent Westmont graduate Nathan Fleming has been named by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as a 2005-06 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. Fleming, a two-time NAIA All-American and school record-holder in the javelin, was named to the first team of the college division for track and field/cross country. He is the third athlete in Warrior history and the first from Track and Field to receive the competitive Academic All-American honor.

The college division is open to track and field athletes from all NCAA Division II and III schools, as well as NAIA schools. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 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.

Fleming, who hails from Chico, California, posted a GPA of 3.93 while majoring in Biology and English. A Rhodes Scholar finalist, Fleming received the Westmont Dean’s Award given to the top student-athlete. He also received the Arthur K. Lynip Stewardship of Language Award for excellence in English composition and was named Westmont Biology Graduate of the Year. In the fall of 2005, Fleming studied at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford (UK).

Westmont junior Caleb Ambrose also received honors from CoSIDA when he, along with Fleming, was named to the Academic-All District 8 Track and Field/Cross Country Team. The Somers, Montana native holds a 3.93 GPA in Kinesiology and is a Westmont Presidential Scholar. Ambrose placed eighth in the indoor mile at the NAIA Indoor National Championships, and competed on the men’s 4 X 800 relay team at the outdoor championships last month.

Ambrose and Fleming were also named NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes and were joined by junior Ryan Borger, senior Jessica Goulder and senior Luke Oliver in that honor.

NAIA Track and Field All-American Scholar-Athletes must obtain a GPA of at least 3.50, and have demonstrated proficiency in the sport of track and field by meeting one of several qualifications.

Borger, of Denver, Colorado, posted a 3.65 GPA while majoring in both Business and Spanish. Borger was a member of both the 4 X 800 and distance medley relay teams at both the indoor and outdoor national championships.

Oliver competes as a distance runner for the Warriors. A cross country athlete in the fall, the Winthrop, Washington resident, runs the marathon in the spring. At the outdoor championships last month, Oliver finished in twentieth place with a time of 2:44:06. Oliver graduated in May with a 3.88 GPA in Religious Studies.

Goulder also competed in the Marathon and was crowned National Champion at the outdoor championships in Fresno when she won the race in a time of 2:49.15, a Westmont record. The NAIA All-American from Cave Creek, Arizona, graduated this year with a degree in Kinesiology and a GPA of 3.65.