WAYNE – A pair of Wayne State College women’s and men’s track & field athletes have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District VII First Team.
The announcement came Tuesday late afternoon that graduate Mary Alderson and senior Derek Lahm were both awarded. It’s the first time that Alderson has received First Team Academic All-District track/cross country honors and the third time in Lahm’s Wildcat career (2015, 2017) that he has collected First Team Academic All-District honors.
The award is selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Alderson, a graduate student from North Bend (Archbishop Bergan HS), maintains a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in Chemistry/Health Science.
This season, Alderson recorded an eighth place finish during the indoor season in the NSIC 600-meter dash (1:42.82) and was fourth place in the 400-meter dash during the NSIC Outdoor Championships with a time of 56.64 seconds.
Alderson was a double event winner at two meets this season, taking first in the 200 and 400-meter dashes at the WSC Wildcat Classic on March 22nd and the Mount Marty Twilight meet on April 25th.
Lahm, a senior from Columbus (Scotus Catholic HS), carries a 3.92 grade point average majoring in chemistry and health science.
During the indoor season, Lahm was the NSIC champion in the long jump (23’ 8 ½”) and also earned All-NSIC honors with a second place finish in the heptathlon at 5,063 points.
In the outdoor season, Lahm was a national qualifier in the decathlon after setting a new school record winning the NSIC title with 6,951 points. He also set a new school record this year in the long jump (24’ 7 ¼”) and was All-NSIC in the long jump and javelin with a pair of third place finishes to go with winning the NSIC decathlon.
Academically, Lahm is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American receiving Third Team honors in 2015 and 2017. He was also named the Bob Cunningham Male Scholar Athlete of the Year this year at Wayne State College as the top male scholar athlete.
Alderson and Lahm now advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Ballot with First and Second-team Academic All-American honorees to be announced June 20th.