Howard and Jette Named Third-Team Academic All-Americans
Marisa Howard and Kate Jette
June 25, 2015

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AUSTIN, Texas – The 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Teams were announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA), and two recently graduated Boise State student-athletes – Marisa Howard and Kate Jette – were named third-team selections. Howard and Jette are the first Broncos to receive the honor since 2012 when diver Amanda Burnett was named to the At-Large second team.

The two track and field and cross country runners are the 24th and 25th Academic All-Americans in school history. Howard and Jette represent just the third same-sport pair in Boise State history to be named Academic All-Americans in the same year. The other duos to do it are football’s Kellen Moore and Nate Potter in 2010, and women’s basketball’s Ruth Fugleberg and Nancy Phillips in 1980.

As an athlete, Howard leaves Boise State with three All-American selections, four individual Mountain West Championships and 11 combined All-Mountain West honors in cross country and track and field. Earlier this month she earned Boise State’s nomination for the 2015 Woman of the Year award, and she will soon find out if she is the Mountain West’s selection later this summer.

A seven-time All-Mountain West Academic honoree, Howard graduated in May with a 3.84 grade-point-average and earned a degree in nursing. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction and made the Dean’s List in seven semesters at Boise State.

Jette was a four-year letter winner on both the cross country and track and field teams. She finished her cross country career with four appearances in the NCAA West Regionals and managed to place 25th at the Mountain West Championships (6K). In outdoor track and field the Clackamas, Ore., native earned a spot on the All-WAC second team after placing fifth at the WAC Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase as a freshman in 2011.

She earned a degree in biology and finished her academic career with a perfect 4.00 GPA. Jette was recognized as a 2015 Boise State Top Ten Scholar and also earned four different conference academic honors in her time as a student-athlete at Boise State.

The Capital One Academic All-America program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Nominated student-athletes are then voted on by members of CoSIDA from across the nation.

Boise State joined Kentucky and West Virginia as just one of three schools to have multiple student-athletes on any of the three Division I Academic All-America Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country teams.

Fellow Mountain West track and field athlete Rebecca Esselstein was named the winner of the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award.


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