Recent Seattle University graduate Erik Barkhaus (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) added another honor to his already-crowded trophy case, as he was voted onto the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team for Division I men’s cross country and track and field, announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Barkhaus, the 2012-13 Seattle U Athletics Male Athlete of the Year, won the Western Athletic Conference individual men’s cross country title Oct. 27, 2012, in Ruston, La. Later in the academic year, he finished sixth in the 10,000 meter run at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, picking up Second Team All-WAC honors.
Barkhaus finished his academic work at Seattle U with a bachelor’s degree in finance, posting a 3.502 grade point average along the way. This year alone, he is a two-time Academic All-WAC honoree as well as earning USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic honors for combining his work in the classroom with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional cross country meet.
“This is another first for our program and Seattle U Athletics courtesy of Erik Barkhaus. What a terrific honor he has earned,” Seattle U head cross country and track and field coach Trisha Steidl said.
Barkhaus becomes the 13th Seattle U student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors, including the first with the department competing as a full NCAA Division I member. He is the first men’s cross country/track and field participant to ever receive the honor and the first since Kate Edstrom (women’s soccer), Jamie Foote (softball), and Katie Hansen (women’s cross country/track and field) all earned Third Team Academic All-America honors in 2008-09.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.