Jason Kenny is the Google Cloud College Division Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year and is joined on the Academic All-America First Team by Mustang teammate Jacob Green.
Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa, headlines the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America College Division Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Kenny, who has a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a major in applied agricultural & food studies, was named the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-American of the Year.
He is joined on the Google Cloud Academic All-America College Division Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team by teammate Jacob Green, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., who has a 3.90 cumulative GPA with majors in biology and chemistry. Kenny and Green were both second-team Academic All-Americans in 2016-17.
Kenny is the Mustangs’ fourth track & field athlete to receive the College Division Academic All-American of the Year honor since 2012. He joins Monte Larsen, the men’s Academic All-American of the Year in both 2011-12 and 2012-13, and Breanna Mathes, the women’s Academic All-American of the Year in 2012-13.
Kenny earned NAIA All-America honors with a fourth place finish in the 1000-meters at this year’s NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships and was an All-American during the outdoor season when he anchored the Mustangs to a fifth place finish in the 3200-meter relay at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. He was the 1000-meter champion at this year’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships and the runner-up in the 1500-meters at the GPAC Outdoor Championships. Kenny earned All-GPAC honors in cross country with a ninth place finish at this past season’s GPAC Cross Country Championships.
Kenny also earned NAIA All-America honors as a junior with an eighth place finish in the 1000-meters at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
Green was the 2107 male recipient of the NAIA’s prestigious A.O. Duer Scholarship Award based on scholarship, character and citizenship. He earned NAIA All-America honors in both the 2018 indoor and outdoor seasons with a fifth place finish in the 800-meters at the NAIA Indoor National Championships and as the leadoff runner for a Morningside 3200-meter relay team that placed fifth at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. He was the 800-meter champion at this year’s GPAC Indoor Championships.
Green finished his Morningside track & field career as a seven-time NAIA All-American. Aside from his 2018 All-America performances, Green earned All-America honors with a seventh place finish in the 1000-meters at the 2017 NAIA Indoor National Championships and in the 3200-meter relay at the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. Green was the 2017 GPAC indoor champion in the 1000-meters and the 2017 GPAC runner-up in the outdoor 800-meters.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division Teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. Athletes must be of at least sophomore academic status, be a starter or significant reserve, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher to be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Morningside produced 69 Academic All-Americans between 2010 and 2017 for the fifth highest total in the nation among all divisions of intercollegiate athletics and the Mustangs’ all-time total of 86 Academic All-Americans is the highest figure for any school in the NAIA.
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