Collins Receives Academic All-America Honors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 22nd, 2015


Kelly Collins

Kelly Collins

In her first year of eligibility, Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill has been named a member of the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team.

Collins, an English major and philosophy minor who will begin her junior year in the fall, holds a 4.0 GPA. As a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (for interdisciplinary studies), Collins is the recipient of the Sophomore Scholarship Award for having the highest GPA among Westmont sophomores. She is also a member of Phi Sigma Tau (National Philosophy Honor Society) and Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society).

As an athlete, Collins earned All-American honors last November with a 21st place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas. Collins finished the 5,000 meter course in a time of 18:28. Collins also qualified for the 5,000 meters race at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio where she finished 16th and the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama where she finished 13th.

The Academic All-America program is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Nominations are submitted by CoSIDA members and then voted on regionally by the membership. Those named to regional teams are then eligible for national team consideration by a selection committee. For the Cross Country/Track and Field College Division award, only 10 student-athletes nationwide are named to the first team and another 10 to the second team.

Minimum qualifications for Academic All-America consideration include a GPA of 3.3, academic status of sophomore or above, considered a starter or key reserve and participation in at least half of the team’s scheduled events.

Collins is the 15th Westmont student-athlete to receive Academic All-America honors.