Two Salukis named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District

    Junior Brian Dixon was named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District for the second consecutive season.

    Junior Brian Dixon was named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District for the second consecutive season.

    May 30, 2013

    CoSIDA Release | Capital One Academic All-America Website
    Men's Release | Women's Release

    By Tyler Wooten

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Brian Dixon and Kim Fortney were named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Honorees for District 5 for the 2012-13 season, the organization announced Thursday.

    Student-athletes are nominated by their respective schools based on academic merits and athletic performance, and representatives are selected by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to either first or second-team status within each of the eight districts in Division I track and field and cross country.

    Junior Brian Dixon earned his second consecutive first team distinction in his three-year Saluki career. Last fall, Dixon qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships after a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, where was named USTFCCCA All-District. The Springfield, Ill., native was the first Saluki to qualify for the national meet since 2009 when Jeff Schirmer did so. In addition, Dixon earned All-MVC and MVC Scholar-Athlete for the 2012 cross country season. On the track in 2013, Dixon earned All-MVC status in outdoor 10,000 meter run, where he finished third. An accounting major, Dixon holds a 3.962 GPA.

    As a first-team honoree, Dixon will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot for a chance to earn Academic All-American status.



    Senior Kim Fortney was also honored for the second straight year with second-team status. Throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2013, Fortney has been named All-MVC four times (indoor and outdoor shot put, weight throw, hammer throw), and has set personal bests in each of those events numerous times throughout the season. Fortney recently qualified for the national meet in Eugene, Ore., in both the hammer throw and shot put -- the second consecutive year she has made the trip to the championships. Fortney was a second-team All-American in the shot put in 2012. Majoring in communication disorder sciences, Fortney holds a GPA of 3.874.

    Note: Student-athlete GPA numbers used do not reflect the completion of the Spring 2013 semester.