PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Bryn Mawr College senior Kristina Kronauer was recently named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Cross Country Team for the 2012 season. The Academic All-Area team is voted on by the Philadelphia metropolitan area's 28 sports information offices.
Kronauer, a 2012 All-Centennial Conference and NCAA Mid-East Region honoree led the Owls to one of the programs most successful seasons in team history. At the Centennial Conference Championships, she took home 6th place with a time of 21:39.1 earning her 1st Team Honors. A week later, Kroanuer earned a bid in the NCAA Division III Championships following a 4th place finish at the Mid-East Regionals with a time of 22:09.9.
Kronauer became the Owls' second runner to compete at the NCAA Nation Championships, where she finished the 6K race with a time of 22:09.9, good for 145th place. She joins current sophomore Claudia Keep as the only two runners to don the Yellow and White at the national race.
On the season, Kronauer won three races – the LVC Dutchmen Invite, Dickinson's Long and Short Invite – Long Race, and the Seven Sisters Championship. With the win at the annual Seven Sisters Championship, Kronauer became the first Bryn Mawr runner to win the event that was first ran in 1982. At the 2012 Main Line Invite, Kronauer was the top-finishing DIII runner by place 13th in a race that was comprised mostly of DI and DIII teams.
Kronauer boasted the team's best times during the 2012 season in the 3 mile run (17:33.20), 5K (17.53) and 6K (21:39.1).
A two-time cross country and track & field captain, Kronauer truly embodies the student-athlete philosophy. The Russian major earned Centennial Conference Honor Roll accolades for cross county as it was her 7th time being named to the list. She has earned this honor all three year's eligible for cross country and is on pace to earn the honor for indoor and outdoor track and field. If named to the indoor and outdoor team, Kronauer would have earned this every season eligible for a total of nine times.
Head coach Jason Hewitt states that "Kristina is a great athlete. She's had an impressive 4 years here at Bryn Mawr and she really does epitomize what it means to be a student-athlete." He adds "Whether it's in the class room or in competition, you can expect to see great things from her hard work and dedication."
Kronauer was joined on the by cross country's Performer of the Year Wendy Hutchinson from La Salle, Summer Cooke of Villanova, Taylor Falvey from Philadelphia University, Joy Hanke of Rowan, Megan McGlinchey from La Salle and Emma Slattery from Saint Joseph's.
In order to be eligible for Academic All-Area, an athlete must be in his or her second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better.