Valparaiso University junior Katherine Germann (Cincinnati, Ohio / Finneytown) received recognition on Tuesday as part of the 2018-19 women’s track and field/cross country Google Cloud Academic All-District Team selected by CoSIDA.
Germann was recognized for her performance in competition and in the classroom, where she holds a 4.0 GPA in biology.
During the cross country season, Germann broke into the Valpo record book in two events, the 5K at the Bradley Pink Classic (22:32.7, sixth) and the 6K at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship (18:12.9, seventh). She led the team in all six meets including a Top 15 finish at the Crusader Open.
In track and field, Germann set a personal best in the indoor 5000-meter run when she finished first in the event at the GVSU Open on Jan. 25 with a time of 17:54.67 that ranks fifth in program history. She also had Valpo’s best 3000-meter run time of the indoor season with a 10:28.43 at the GVSU Tune-Up on Feb. 15. Germann thrived during the outdoor season as well, running a PR of 18:40.58 in the 5000-meter run on April 6, the best time by a Valpo runner in that event all season.
First Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot. To qualify for All-District and All-American consideration, student-athletes must hold at least sophomore status, be in at least their second year at an institution and own a minimum GPA or 3.30. Germann was one of 15 Division-I athletes from District 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) to receive academic all-district recognition.