Luther cross country student-athletes Jayne Cole, Maggie Pierson, Tricia Serres and Christina Storlie, along with Marty Mitchell and Austin Bauer, have earned 2012 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA).
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top-35 at the NCAA Regional Championships.
The foursome of women runners helped lead Luther to a third place finish at the NCAA Central Regional. The Norse also qualified for the NCAA III National Championships as a team for the third consecutive year and 13th time in school history.
Tricia Serres, who became Luther's first freshman to earn All-America honors at the national championships, led the Norse at the Central Regional with a ninth place finish. She was followed by Storlie, who was 15th, Cole, who was 26th, and Pierson, who was 33rd. A total of 187 runners competed at the Central Regional.
These four were among the list of 201 student-athletes that represented 104 institutions that earned this honor.
Cole, a native of Willmar, Minn., is the daughter of Jayson Cole and Katherine Broze.
Pierson is the daughter of Chris and Becky Pierson of Plymouth, Minn.
Serres, from Platteville, Wis., is the daughter of Rob and Heidi Serres.
A Decorah native, Storlie is the daughter of Chris and Rhonda Storlie.
Mitchell and Bauer were among a total of 162 student-athletes who represented 85 institutions that earned this honor. They helped lead Luther to a third place finish at the NCAA III Central Regional, that qualified the Norse as a team for the 27th time in school history, for the NCAA III National Championships. Mitchell placed fifth and Bauer finished 13th from the field of 185 runners.
Mitchell, a Decorah native, is the son of Jason and Judy Mitchell.
Bauer is the son of Tim and Julie Bauer of Milaca, Minn.