Three CU Buffs named to CoSIDA Academic All-District first team

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TERRE HAUTE, WI – NOVEMBER 23: Joe Klecker #526 races during the NCAA cross country championships at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on November 23, 2019, in Terre, Haute. (Photo by Daniel Petty/The Denver Post)

The University of Colorado track and field program had three individuals named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Seven First Team, the association announced Friday evening.

The three Buffaloes selected are Sage Hurta, Joe Klecker and Dani Jones. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program is the longest-running and most prestigious academic and athletic award for student-athletes. All nominees must have a GPA of 3.30 or above and be a starter or important reserve.

Hurta, a returning Academic All-American, is a senior with a 3.97 GPA in chemical and biological engineering. In the fall of 2019, Hurta became just the second-ever CU female athlete to earn her fourth All-America honor in cross country. She also is the school record holder for the outdoor 800.

Jones, a four-time national champion, is a redshirt senior with a 3.33 GPA in psychology and speech, language and hearing sciences. This is her first All-District selection. She was one of 10 women that earned three All-America honors this indoor season.

Klecker, the NCAA cross country individual runner-up, is a redshirt senior with a 3.66 GPA in biochemistry. Klecker reset his own school record in the indoor 5,000 this season and broke the Colorado soil record in the mile at 4:01.00. This is his first All-District selection.

All three will automatically be eligible to become an Academic All-American. The District 7 is composed of 12 women and 13 men from Division I schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas.