Mara McGill and Heidi Muellenburg of the South Dakota women's track and field team have been named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Squad, according to an announcement released on Thursday, June 7 by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The team was determined by a vote of the district VII sports information directors. With their selection to the first team all district squad, McGill and Muellenburg now advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American national ballot.
McGill and Muellenburg were leaders of the South Dakota women's track and field squad that won two consecutive NCC Triple Crowns (titles in track and field and cross country in same year) and won its fourth straight NCC outdoor crown this past spring in Duluth, MN.
A senior track and field standout from Beresford, McGill was recently named the NCC women's Scholar-Athlete (most outstanding athlete in the league). McGill was named USD's Scholar Athlete of the Year earlier this month. McGill graduated in May Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade point average in biology/pre-medicine. A five-time national provisional qualifier, McGill was the 2006 NCC heptathlon champion. In 2007, she finished second in the NCC heptathlon and put together NCAA DII provisional qualifying marks in the 100-meter hurdles and the heptathlon. A recipient of the Mickelsen Scholarship, she has been inducted into the most prestigious undergraduate honor society in the U.S. � the Phi Beta Kappa society. A year ago, she received the Nelson Shield Award from the USD College of Arts and Sciences as the junior with the highest GPA. In addition, she has made the dean's list every semester at USD. McGill was named to the 2006 and 2007 NCC Commissioner's Academic Indoor Track and Field Honor Roll and selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Women's Track and Field/Cross Country second team in 2006 as well as the 2006 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic DII Squad. Active in undergraduate research, McGill has received a research fellowship from an EPSCoR grant and conducted research in the Basic Biomedical Sciences lab. A mentor to fellow student-athletes, she has been an academic advisor for women's track for two years. She has volunteered at the Newman Center, offering free child care. McGill has also worked at the Welcome Table, a community dinner on Mondays for disadvantaged people in Vermillion. She has been active with the Adopt-A-Grandparent program (pairing students with residents from a local nursing home) and worked with USD's Special Olympics Field Day.
Muellenberg, who graduated with a 3.829 GPA in psychology, was a seven-time All-American. Muellenberg was selected to the NCC Commissioner's Academic Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Honor Rolls in 2007. Named to the 2006 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic DII Squad, she was a member of both the 4×100 and 4x400m relay teams that set school and state of SD records and earned All-American honors at the outdoor nationals in 2006. This spring, she led the Coyotes to top-six finishes in two relays at the 2007 Drake Relays. Muellenberg was a leader on USD's sprint squad that helped the Coyotes win its fourth straight NCC women's outdoor title this spring. She has served as the academic captain for track and field and served as president of the Pre-PA Club. Muellenberg, who was on the dean's list at USD in seven of eight semesters, has been accepted into USD's PA school. She has received USD's Catie Tobin Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award and also was awarded the Carl B. "Rube" Hoy Award for academic and athletic merit.