Track & Field: Mount Union's Tyler Neff and Katie Goedecke Named Academic All-Americans

Track & Field: Mount Union's Tyler Neff and Katie Goedecke Named Academic All-Americans

Mount Union juniors Tyler Neff (Navarre/Fairless) and Katie Goedecke (Cuyahoga Falls/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) were both named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Neff was a first team selection as he was part of the winning 4x400 meter relay at last month's NCAA Championships. It was his second national title in the event for the junior who has a 3.65 grade point average as a Mechanical Engineering major. 

Neff won three events -- 200 meters, 400 meters, 4x200 meter relay at the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on his way to OAC Indoor Sprint Athlete of the Meet honors. He placed second in the 400 meters at the 2017 OAC Outdoor Championships and was an NCAA qualifier to both indoor and outdoor championships.

Goedecke was a third team pick and ran on the national champion 4x100 meter relay team at last month's NCAA Championships. She is also a three-time letterwinner on the Mount Union women's soccer team and has a 3.88 grade point average as a Mathematics major. 

Goedecke won two indoor OAC titles in the 55 meter dash and 4x200 meter relay along with an outdoor title in the 4x100 relay this past year. She was the 2017 OAC Indoor Sprint Athlete of the Meet at the championships helping lead the Purple Raiders to the OAC team title. At the 2017 OAC Outdoor Championships, she was part of the winning 4x100 meter relay team and was all-conference with third place finishes in the 100 and 200 meters. She was an NCAA qualifier in both indoors and outdoors.

Mount Union has 59 Academic All-American selections all-time.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by their sports information director.

Mount Union assistant to the athletic director Leonard Reich has served on CoSIDA's Academic All-America national committee since 2002.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.