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Redlands Cross Country’s Ostrinski Nabs USTFCCCA All-Academic Laurels

Junior Katie Ostrinki (Riverside, CA) of the University of Redlands women’s cross country team earned a spot on the women’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic list as a result of her exemplary performance both on the course and in the classroom, according to an announcement made Friday by the USTFCCCA.

Ostrinski, an English Literature major, has compiled a 3.546 cumulative GPA throughout her two-and-a-half years at Redlands and was named a Redlands Scholar-Athlete for the 2008-09 academic year. The USTFCCCA also bestowed All-Region honors upon her following a 23rd-place finish at the 2009 NCAA West Regionals in November. Ostrinski is a three-time All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) performer. She was lauded as First-Team All-SCIAC in 2009 and 2007 and gained a Second-Team All-SCIAC citation in 2008.

The USTFCCCA All-Academic award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and must finish among the top 35 at his/her respective NCAA regional meet.

The SCIAC, which has long prided itself on the high academic standards of its membership, received prominent representation on the women’s list. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges paced the conference with four honorees, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and Occidental College each garnered three. In addition, Whittier College and Cal Lutheran University both placed one student-athlete on the list.

Redlands’ cross country teams each earned at least a share of fourth place in the SCIAC in 2009. The women tied for fourth in the conference standings and took 10th at the NCAA West Regionals, while the men held sole possession of fourth in the conference standings and claimed ninth at the NCAA West Regionals.