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June 19, 2012

Lydens Named First-Team Academic All-American

Claremont, Calif. - Junior Annie Lydens (Tokyo, Japan - pictured) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Track and Field/Cross Country first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced today. 

Lydens is a three-time All-American in cross country and track, including a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships this fall, the highest finish for any Pomona-Pitzer Cross Country runner (men or women) in the history of the program. She ran a school 6K record 21.02 at the NCAA Championships, surpassing her own record set earlier this year at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

Lydens also has a second-place finish (5000 meters in 2011 NCAA Track and Field Championships) and a ninth-place finish (2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships) to her credit. She is a two-time NCAA West Region champion in cross country, and is a two-time SCIAC Runner of the Year.

When she takes off her running shoes, Lydens carries a 4.0 GPA in philosophy, politics and economics, interned at NATO headquarters in Belgium last summer, and will intern at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Lydens was also joined on the Academic All-America lists today by senior Anders Crabo, who earned second-team honors on the men's side. The Sagehens finished the year with five Academic All-Americans overall, including first-teamers Lydens and James Lambert (football), Crabo on the second team, and third-teamers Nick Gentili (baseball) and Perri Hopkins (women's water polo).