Three Redbirds Earn Academic All-District Selections
Nov. 1, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Senior midfielder Anna Stinson, junior forward Rachel Tejada and senior forward Kyla Cross have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District V team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Stinson and Tejada were named to the first team, while Cross earned second team accolades. The three selections equal the most in program-history.
The distinction recognizes a student-athlete's combination of academic and athletic success. A student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and played in at least half of their team's games in order to be eligible.
Stinson's first-team selection is the second of her career, and third overall. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native has posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in her first three years as an exercise science major. She is a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete team choice and MVC Elite 18 Award winner, which is given to the individual with the highest GPA at a Valley championship. Stinson was also recently named one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS award, which is given to a senior student athlete who excels in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.
Stinson has been a mainstay in the Redbird lineup in her four seasons, starting a total of 65 contests. She is a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, two of them first team choices, in addition to being named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team in 2011. Stinson has tallied 41 points (sixth all-time) on 12 goals and 17 (fourth all-time) assist for her career, and eight points on two goals and four assists this season.
Tejada's selection is the first major academic award of her Redbird career. The Troy, Ill., native holds a 3.33 cumulative GPA as a biological sciences major, and has posted a 3.54 GPA or better in her last three semesters. Tejada has been named to the AFNI Honor Roll at ISU three times, and the MVC Honor Roll in 2012.
Tejada, the two-time reigning MVC Player of the Year, leads the conference in most major offensive categories, and has climbed to the top of the Valley and Redbird record books in just her third season. The Troy, Ill., native leads the league in points (36), goals (14), assists (8) and shots (72). Her 133-career points on 53 goals and 27 assists are a Valley record, which she eclipsed with a goal at Missouri State, Oct. 31. She also became ISU's all-time assists leader earlier this season, and is six goals shy of the all-time Valley and program record.
Cross follows up her first-team selection from last year with a spot on the second team this year. Also an exercise science major, the Clinton Township, Mich., native has accumulated a 3.85 GPA. She was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team last year, and has earned six AFNI and three MVC Honor Roll designations.
A two-time All-MVC selection, Cross has been a key component to the Redbirds' prolific offensive attack over the course of her career. She ranks top-four all-time at ISU with 63 points (fourth), 22 goals (fourth) and 19 assists (third). This season, Cross has tallied 18 points on five goals and a league-leading eight assists.
As first-team Academic All-District honorees, Stinson and Tejada advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
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