For the second consecutive season, Valparaiso University women’s cross country and track & field runner Katherine Germann (Cincinnati, Ohio / Finneytown) has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for her academic and athletic excellence.
Germann represented Valpo as part of the women’s District 5 team, which is comprised of 14 Division-I student-athletes from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. The senior also earned the 2020 Laurel Award, which is given annually to the Valparaiso graduating senior student-athlete with the highest grade point average.
Germann has one of the strongest academic resumes of any Valpo student-athlete in recent memory, finishing with a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a biology, Spanish and humanities triple major. She was a member of the social action leadership team and earned the Valparaiso University Alumni Association (VUAA) Distinguished Student Award. She plans to attend Ohio State College of Medicine starting this fall.
In competition, Germann cracked the Top 10 in program history in both cross country distances. Her personal best of 18.12.9 in the 5K occurred at the 2018 MVC Championships and ranks seventh in program history, while her top 6K time of 22:31.3 came at the 2019 Bradley Classic and ranks sixth in Valpo lore.
Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA 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