AUSTIN, Texas -- Mount Union seniors Tyler Neff (Navarre / Fairless) and Katie Goedecke (Cuyahoga Falls / Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) along with sophomore Quinn Crowe (New Springfield / Springfield Local) have each been named been Google Cloud Academic All-America® Track & Field teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Both Neff and Goedecke are repeat selections from a year ago while Crowe is on the team for the first time. The trio now make 53 student-athletes being named Academic All-America 72 times for Mount Union (click here for complete list).
Neff is a first team selection for a second straight year and he finished his track career as a five-time All-American who won four event national titles as a member of the Purple Raiders 4x400 meter relay team. The last two of those 4x400 meter championships ended up pushing Mount Union to team national titles at the 2018 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Neff earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors 15 times and was the OAC Sprinter of the Meet at the 2017 and 2018 conference indoor championships. Off the track, he graduated with a 3.66 grade point average and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. A three-time Academic All-OAC selection, he was awarded the OAC Clyde Lamb Award as one of the top 10 male scholar athletes in the conference.
Goedecke is a third team pick for the second year in a row and she earned All-OAC honors in 10 events, a seven-time OAC event champion and was the 2017 OAC Sprint Athlete of the Meet at the indoor conference championships. She competed in four NCAA Championship events headlined by be part of the national championship 4x100 meter relay team in 2017. She was also a four-year letterwinner on the Mount Union women's soccer team and helped lead the Raiders to an OAC Tournament title and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. A three-time Academic All-OAC selection, she was also an Academic All-America Women's Soccer selection this past fall and was awarded the OAC Clyde Lamb Award as one of the top 10 female scholar athletes in the conference. She recently graduated with a bachleor's degree in Mathematics and a 3.88 grade point average.
Crowe, a third team selection, was an Academic All-OAC pick who placed fifth in both the discus and shot put at the OAC Outdoor Championships. An International Business major with a 4.0 grade point average, Crowe was awarded the Mount Union John O. Rouse International Travel Prize given to a student or students planning to study in Western Europe.
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 respective sports information director.
Mount Union assistant 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 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.