McDonald Honored as a Top Ten Scholar
April 9, 2018

Boise State Top Ten Scholar Release

BOISE, Idaho –
Boise State track and field and cross country student-athlete Anna McDonald was announced a recipient of the Top Ten Scholar Award, one of the highest academic honors granted to a Boise State University undergraduate student. Presented by the Boise State Alumni Association and Boise State Honors College, McDonald will be honored Monday, April 16 in a ceremony at the Stueckle Sky Center.

Top Ten Scholars are the best of the best and serve as inspirations for their fellow students. To qualify for consideration, the student must have a 3.8 or higher grade point average and be nominated by their respective deans. Each student is then rigorously reviewed based on academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and community and campus service.

McDonald is the latest Bronco student-athlete to be named a Top Ten Scholar, as Oceane Pelloille (women's golf), Sam Wicks (swimming and diving) and Jenni Domanowski (swimming and diving) were all recipients last year in 2017. She is also the latest track and field and cross country honoree, as Boise State alumnae Kate Jette (2015) and Lauren Lucas (2014) also recently received the recognition.

McDonald was a mainstay in the Bronco cross country lineup throughout her career. In 2015 she was named a Mountain West Second-Team honoree for taking 11th at the conference championships. Her 17th-place performance (21:58.7) at the Roy Griak Invitational that same season propelled Boise State to the team title.

After redshirting XC in 2016, McDonald resumed her consistent success in 2017 by taking 16th at the Mountain West Championships, 35th at the NCAA West Region Championships and 136th at the NCAA Championships, helping the Broncos to a sixth-place, record-breaking team finish.

She has also enjoyed prosperity on the track, qualifying to the 2017 NCAA West Preliminary Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase where she took 14th and was just short of qualifying to nationals. Having already run a 10:27.88 at the Stanford Invitational earlier this outdoor season, McDonald is well on her way to competing in the 2018 NCAA West Preliminary Championships in the same event.

Furthermore, her 10:27.88 combined with several other elite performances from Broncos in the steeplechase (Allie Ostrander – 9:38.57, Minttu Hukka – 10:13.63 and Kyra Lopez – 10:30.85) has Boise State ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I in the event.

McDonald will graduate this spring with a bachelor of science in psychological science with a certificate in elementary Spanish. With a 3.83 cumulative GPA, McDonald is a four-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree and a two-time Mountain West Scholar Athlete.

She plans to attend graduate school and become a bilingual speech pathologist.

Assistant coach Pat McCurry will attend the ceremony and introduce McDonald as her honored faculty.

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