Landra Stewardson earns ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas women's track and field and 2007 Big 12 10,000-meter runner-up senior Landra Stewardson was selected to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District women's track and field/cross country first team, announced Thursday.
The 2007 Academic All-Big 12 honoree with a perfect 4.0 grade point average was honored for her outstanding performance in the classroom by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Stewardson had standout cross country and track and field seasons this year. She scored during every race she competed in during the fall season, and was one of three Longhorns selected to the 2006 Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country First-Team.
In the spring, the transfer from Texas A&M took her performance to the next level, finishing the 10K in seventh-place at the 2007 Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia on April 26. She leaves Texas as the fifth fastest on UT's all-time top 10 Longhorn performers' list (35:38.51).
Under the tutelage of first-year assistant coach Steve Sisson, Stewardson's times this season were the fastest of any of the previous three years. She shaved over 30 seconds off her 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter times, and lowered her career-best in the 10K by four minutes.
Starters and key reserves who maintain a 3.20 grade point average on a 4.0 scale are eligible for nomination to the academic team. Sports information directors from across the country vote on nominees from universities and colleges from eight districts.