Mount, Clark Claim 1st Team Academic All-America

Mount, Clark Claim 1st Team Academic All-America

AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selected Whitworth University's Marissa Mount and Isabel Clark as first team members of the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Track & Field/Cross Country Team.

Mount was a third team honoree in 2018, while Clark is an Academic All-American for the first time.  The Pirate pair claimed NCAA Division III All-America honors last month at the 2019 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Mount (Sr., San Jose, Calif.) graduated in May as a two-sport All-American with a 4.0 GPA in accounting.

Mount was the NWC women's cross country champion last fall and went on to earn All-America honors at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Mount was also the Elite 90 winner at the NCAA cross country meet, which recognizes the individual national competitor with the highest GPA.  After undergoing surgery in December, Mount returned to competition in time to compete in four events at the 2019 NWC Track & Field Championships, where she finished first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, second in the 10,000-meter run, third in the 5,000 and fourth in the 1,500, covering 19.5 kilometers of races in just 24 hours.  Mount went on to finish third in the steeplechase with a time of 10:46.55 at the NCAA Division III Championships in Ohio, following a fourth place finish in that event in 2018.

Clark (Sr., Colbert, Wash.), a two-time Division III All-American in the heptathlon, graduated with a degree in graphic design.  Clark carried a 3.96 grade point average into the spring semester.

Clark finished fifth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships with a score of 4,815 points.  Previously in the spring she set Whitworth's team record in the multi-event with 4,822 points.  Clark was sixth in the NCAA DIII heptathlon in 2018.  She was also a standout at the 2019 Northwest Conference championships.  In addition to a runner-up finish in the heptathlon, she won the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles and finished third in the javelin, individually contributing 34 points to Whitworth's team score.

The cross country / track and field programs have garnered the most CoSIDA Academic All-Americans at Whitworth.  Mount and Clark make it 23 Pirate mentions on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country teams since 2001.

They also become the 11th and 12th first team Academic All-Americans in Whitworth history, and the first since Duke DeGaetano was selected in football in the fall of 2016.  They are also the 48th and 49th CoSIDA All-Americans overall in school history.