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Release Date Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Junior Named to RMAC Cross Country All-Academic First Team

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 14, 2016) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology junior Libby Friesen was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Cross Country All-Academic First Team. Friesen, from Olathe, Kan., has a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in civil and environmental engineering.

All RMAC Cross Country All-Academic teams were recently announced by the league office in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The SD Mines women’s cross country team also placed four athletes on the RMAC All-Academic Cross Country Honor Roll. Rachel Lovelace, a sophomore from Rochester, Minn., with a 3.75 GPA; Erica Westerman, a sophomore from Yankton, with a 3.77 GPA; Kari Radke a junior from Elk River, Minn., with a 3.54 GPA; and senior Therese Frels, a senior from Guthrie Center, Iowa with a 3.81 GPA were all named to the RMAC Honor Roll.

On the men’s side, Ashton Grissom, a sophomore from Parker, Colo., with a 3.59 GPA, and Davis Mathieu, a senior from Spokane, Wash., with a 3.59 GPA, qualified for the Cross Country Men’s RMAC Honor Roll list.

“We’re very excited to see seven of our scholar-athletes recognized for all the time and effort they put into their academics,” said Hardrocker Cross Country Head Coach Steve Johnson. “They work very hard to balance their academic and athletic endeavors and we’re very proud of what they’ve accomplished. It’s a privilege to work with them on a daily basis.”

To qualify as an RMAC All-Academic athlete, the athlete must carry a 3.3 cumulative GPA; have been a student at the active member institution for at least two consecutive semesters and have had a season of competition. First Team All-Academic members were voted on by the conference's sports information directors.

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About SD Mines

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

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