BOISE, Idaho - Boise State track and field senior Eleni Kafourou has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 2009-10 Track and Field/Cross Country Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Kafourou was named to the Academic All-District 8 First Team which makes her eligible for Academic All-American ballot. The Athens, Greece native has been successful both in academics and athletics, earning an All-WAC Academic Team nod during her career as a Bronco as well as graduating in May 2010 with a civil engineering degree and a 3.32 GPA.
In March 2009, Kafourou became the school's first ever female national champion in any sport after winning the 2009 NCAA National Indoor Long Jump Title, helping her to one of her two career All-American honors. Kafourou is a three-time NCAA National Outdoor Championship qualifier in the long jump and two-time qualifier in the triple jump. She is also a two-time NCAA National Indoor Championship qualifier in the long jump and a one-time qualifier in the triple jump. She is a four-time NCAA West Region/Preliminary Round Qualifier in both the long jump and the triple jump.
The fifth-year senior has earned seven Western Athletic Conference Champion titles in the triple jump (four outdoors, three indoors), as well as, five in the long jump (three outdoors, two indoors). She was named to the All-WAC Indoor First Team nine times, while also earning eight All-WAC Outdoor First Team honor. In 2006, she was named the WAC Freshman of the Year both indoors and outdoors.
Kafourou holds the indoor school records in the indoor long jump (21-5.25) and triple jump (43-7), as well as, the outdoor school records in the long jump (21-5.50) and triple jump (44-2.50).
Kafourou joins an elite group of student-athletes as one of 13 athletes recognized on the District 8 First Team, which includes most of the states west of the Rockies. She is one of five WAC female nominees to the district's first or second teams.
Nominees had to meet the guidelines of a 3.30 GPA or higher, participating in at least fifth-percent of competitions, and being of a sophomore academic status or higher.
District 8 Winners
CJ Navarro, Arizona State, So., 3.84, Secondary Education (Mathematics)
Angela Spadafino, Arizona State, Sr., 3.93, Business Communication
Eleni Kafourou, Boise State, Sr., 3.32 Civil Engineering
K.C. Dahlgren, Idaho, Sr., 3.63, Sport Science
Maike Holthuijzen, Idaho, 3.94, Sr., 3.94, Ecology (Conservation Biology)
Allix Lee-Painter, Idaho, Sr., 3.86, Secondary Education (English)
Nicole Blood, Oregon, Sr., 3.47, Journalism
Mattie Bridgmon, Oregon, Sr., 3.78, Human Physiology
Claire Michel, Oregon, Jr., 3.92, Romance Languages/International Business
Stephen Wilson, Santa Clara, Jr., 3.89, English
Alyssa Abbott, Utah, Jr., 3.85, Exercise and Sport Science
Erin Stratton, Utah State, Sr., 3.98, Exercise Science
Chelsea VanDeBrake, Washington State, Sr., 3.95, Education
Dominique' Maloy, Arizona State, Jr., 3.30, Elementary Education
Cecily Lemmon-Lew, Brigham Young, Sr., 3.58, Print Journalism
Missy Barclay, Long Beach State, Sr., 3.77, Studio Art
Brianne Theisen, Oregon, Jr., 3.37, Business Administration
Casey Masterson, Oregon State, Sr., 3.99, Exercise and Sports Science
Kaitlin Gregg, UC Davis, Sr., 3.78, International Relations/Economics
Ryann Krais, UCLA, So., 3.75, Undeclared
Karinne Bentley, Utah Valley, Sr., 3.89, Exercise Science