LEWISTON - Lewis-Clark State's Cole Olsen added to his impressive resume on Monday, becoming the sixth Warrior to be voted a CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-American. The junior earned First Team honors and is the second-ever honoree from Warrior Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field.
Olsen boasts a 3.95 GPA in Kinesiology while also excelling on the course and track. The Clearwater, Idaho native helped the LC State Men’s Cross Country team to a third-place finish at nationals and placed fourth individually to become an All-American. He went on to take sixth in the 3,000-meter run at indoor nationals for his second All-American finish of the year.
“We are excited for Cole and this award,” Head Coach Mike Collins said. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that track has high participation numbers, which creates a very competitive environment for all of its awards. Cole being recognized in this manner speaks a lot for him, how well rounded he is and that he is performing at a very elite level in many different areas. Cole is special and we are very proud of him and all that he has achieved and are looking forward to even more things in the future.”
Olsen was voted CoSIDA Academic All-District, making him eligible for the All-America ballot. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. The award takes into consideration both the student-athlete’s performance in the classroom and in the field of play.
Volleyball’s Aubrey King was the last Warrior to earn the honor, doing so in 2018. Nehemiah Barrett of Warrior Cross Country/Track and Field was voted Second Team in 2016.