San Antonio – St. Mary’s University cross-country runner Tara Wicketts was named first team ESPN the Magazine/College Sports Information Director’s of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field for her work in the classroom and on the course, it was announced on Friday.

Wicketts (Jr., Cibolo) is coming off her third straight All-Heartland Conference season in 2006. She had four top-10 finishes in six meets last season. She finished seventh overall at the Heartland Conference Championships, her third straight top-10 finish at the meet. Her best finish of the season was a third place showing at the Texas Lutheran Invitational and she also finished sixth overall at the Incarnate Word Invitational.

Off the course she is the Vice-President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta Professional Pre-Law Fraternity, Secretary of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity, a member of the Dean’s List and a St. Mary’s Excellence of Achievement Award recipient.

She is the fourth St. Mary’s University student-athlete to earn ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this year, a school record for a single academic year. Jason Anderson was a second team selection in baseball, Joe Dinkins was a first team pick in men’s basketball and Deann Lopez was a second team honoree in women’s soccer.

The St. Mary’s cross country team finished third at the Heartland Conference Championships last season, with Amy Crissman and Wicketts each earning All-Heartland honors. The Rattlers return four of their top five runners for this season.

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