Lopers Fruit Named Academic All-America|
Nebraska-Kearney senior runner Tanner Fruit has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Menís and Womenís Track/Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Fruit (Ogallala) earned third-team honors and is just the fifth Loper track or cross country student-athlete to earn this award, following Todd Fuelberth (1996), Dorisa Polk (1996), Shauna Birchard (2005) and Michelle Dill (2008).
Already working toward a Masterís Degree, he earned an Exercise Science degree with a 3.69 cumulative GPA.
Fruit finished up his collegiate eligibility this spring as a member of the track team. He qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships and broke a 38-year old school record at 5,000 meters when he ran a 14:14.58 at the Drake Relays in late April.
During his Loper tenure, Fruit also qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, won the 10,000 meter run at the 2011 Drake Relays and set the school indoor record at 3,000 meters.
Central Missouri senior Brent Vogel, the 2013 NCAA heptathlon national champ, was named the menís Academic All-American of the Year.
Other MIAA honorees included SW Baptist junior William Shell (first-team) and UCM junior Ben Barrows (third-team).