College Sports Information Directors of America announced the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and for the second-consecutive year Illinois State University track and field’s Ariana Cranston received honors.
Chosen by CoSIDA, the 2020 Google Cloud Academic All-District Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country teams recognize the top student-athletes in the nation for their academic and athletic performances.
Eligibility requirements for student-athletes to be considered for Academic All-District include being a varsity starter or key reserve, maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, being at least a sophomore in both athletic and academic standing and student-athletes must be nominated by their institution's sports information director.
During the 2019-2020 season Cranston excelled in her sport along with the classroom. A senior this year, Cranston held a 3.84 cumulative grade-point average while earning a degree in molecular and cellular biology with a Spanish minor.
Her talent for her sport speaks for itself. Cranston has won four Missouri Valley Conference pole vault titles and is the No. 2 indoor and outdoor pole vaulter in Illinois State track and field history. During the 2019-2020 season she recorded her personal-best indoor clearance of 4.02 meters (13-2.25 ft.) at the Alex Wilson Invitational to place third. Cranston’s clearance of 4.02 meters is the No. 2 clearance in ISU history.
Cranston was named to the All-District 5 team, which includes student-athletes from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America ballot; first- and second-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced June 22-25.