June 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Accurso Named To Academic All-America Third Team

Juli Accurso

Juli Accurso

Junior distance runner Juli Accurso took another step toward history Thursday, becoming the first women’s cross country/track & field Academic All-American in Ohio University history.

The Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country roster is composed of just 45 student-athletes from across the nation, with 15 first team, 15 second team and 15 third team selections. A third team selection, Accurso is just the 26th student-athlete in the history of Bobcat athletics to be named a Capital One Academic All-American.

Accurso maintains a 3.88 cumulative GPA while pursuing a double major in French and Linguistics. The Casstown, OH, native was selected to the NCAA Division I Academic All-District 5 First Team in May, which automatically nominated her for All-America status. A three-time, First Team Academic All-MAC pick, Accurso was named to the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Team in 2012.

“It’s an honor to be recognized not only for athletic achievements but for academics as well,” Accurso said. “Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the academic side of being a student-athlete because you’re so focused on competition, but it’s just as important in our careers. I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me for this award.”

“It’s always great to see our students excel in multiple parts of their experience as students at Ohio University. A double major in French and Linguistics is not an easy major. We are very proud of Juli for both her academic and athletic accomplishments!” says Dr. Christopher Thompson, Chair of the Linguistics Department in the Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences.

“Juli was my student in a number of classes. She is not only a super athlete but also an extremely dedicated and successful student. She is a pleasure to work with and a very nice person. Serious, friendly, dedicated, always trying to improve already excellent skills. She is an ideal student,” says Dr. Dominique Duvert, Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages.

“I had Juli in two of my advanced French classes.  She is a role model for excellence in academics and athletics. She was always prepared, made no excuses, and didn’t even seem to be stressed.  She’s an amazing young woman,” adds Dr. Lois Vines, Professor of French

Read more about Accurso’s athletic accomplishments.

Capital One Academic All-America Official Release

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