PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Marquette senior Peter Bolgert and Villanova senior Matthew Gibney were among the 44 student-athletes named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America University Division Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Bolgert was chosen to the Academic All-America First Team after earning second-team honors last season. Gibney makes his first appearance on an Academic All-America Team.
Bolgert and Gibney become the BIG EAST’s 15th and 16th Capital One Academic All-America selections of the 2010-11 academic year, pending the announcement of the Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country team later this week.
Bolgert finished among Marquette’s top five finishers in every race of the 2010 cross country season, capped by a 46th-place finish at the 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships. He ran the 1,200-meter leg of the Golden Eagles’ distance medley relay team that registered the second-fastest time in school history (9:53.67) at the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Bolgert became the first Marquette runner to earn Academic All-America accolades since 1998 when he earned his second-team nod in 2010. He holds a 3.98 grade-point average as a mathematics and physics major.
Gibney earned a spot on the third team in 2011 after he capped his senior year with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Gibney earned All-America accolades in that event for the second time in the last three seasons. He anchored Villanova to the Championship of America distance medley relay title at the Penn Relays and ran the fastest 1,500-meter time of the NCAA East Regional.
Gibney was the BIG EAST indoor champion in the mile run in 2009 and 2010 and has helped Villanova qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships in each of the last two seasons. He has a 3.78 grade-point average as an English major.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director.
2010-11 BIG EAST Capital One Academic All-Americans (16)
Maya Moore (first team) * Connecticut Basketball
Alex Mangan (third team) DePaul Soccer
Peter Bolgert (first team) Marquette Track & Field
Tim Abromaitis (first team) Notre Dame Basketball
Tyler Davis (second team) Notre Dame Tennis
Lauren Fowlkes (first team) Notre Dame Soccer
Phil Konieczny (third team) Pittsburgh Baseball
Caitlin Saxton (first team) Rutgers Volleyball
Amy Zhang (third team) Rutgers Tennis
Joe Panik (third team) St. John’s Baseball
Nicole Pasciolla (third team) St. John’s Soccer
John Galloway (second team) Syracuse Lacrosse
Matthew Gibney (third team) Villanova Track & Field
Brian Karalunas (first team) Villanova Lacrosse
Liz Repella (first team) West Virginia Basketball
Rachel Viglianco (second team) West Virginia Rowing
* Academic All-America of the Year