Oct. 31, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Western Washington University senior Kristin Maris has been named a Capital One Academic All-District first-team honoree in District 8 of NCAA Division II for the second straight year in the sport of women's soccer.
Two other Vikings receiving that honor were senior Ashton Griffen and sophomore Catherine Miles.
Maris, a forward from Issaquah, has a 3.83 grade-point average (4.0 scale) as a behavioral Neuroscience major. Recently named a Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic all-star for the third time, she has eight goals and six assists for nationally No.11-ranked WWU.
Griffen, a midfielder from Duvall (graduate of Cedarcrest High School), is a physical education major with a 3.90 GPA. She leads the GNAC with eight assists.
Miles, a forward from Anacortes, is a biology/chemistry major with 3.84 GPA.
She ranks 18th nationally and paces the conference in goals with 12, and is tied for first in game-winning goals with four.
Nominations and voting for the Capital One Academic All-America program are conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
As first-team selections, Maris, Griffen and Miles now move on to the national balloting for Academic All-America status.
WWU, 15-1-0 overall and 12-1-0 in conference action, has clinched a second straight GNAC regular-season title. The Vikings end their regular campaign Saturday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m.) at home against Simon Fraser.