From North Central College
has released its list of 71 Academic All-College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) selections for the 2012 spring season. Heading the list are North Central's Jack Swartz Academic All-Conference selections, men's track and field athlete John Wood and women's track and field athlete Chelsea Armstrong.
Each CCIW institution selects one male and one female Jack Swartz Academic All-Conference Award winner each season. To be considered, student-athletes must have maintained at least a 3.50 grade-point average during the term in addition to their athletic credentials. The award is named after former CCIW commissioner and Wheaton College coach and administrator Jack Swartz for his support of the CCIW and his commitment to the student-athlete.
In order to earn Academic All-CCIW honors, individuals needed to have earned a varsity letter in their sport and maintained at least a 3.30 GPA during the term. Wood is one of five Cardinals to appear on the spring Academic All-CCIW list for the fourth consecutive year this season, joining teammate James Hoffman, Eric McKee (men's tennis), Mary Caron(softball) and Kala Bingham (women's track and field).
Wood, a management major, finished his career at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May, placing second to teammate Peter Geraghty with a career-best clearance of 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches. The performance yielded the sixth All-America certificate for Wood, who participated in all eight national-championship meets during his tenure with the Cardinals.
A three-time CCIW pole vault champion, Wood ranks third on North Central's all-time list in the event. He has contributed to five NCAA Division III team national championships and seven CCIW team titles in the past four years. He was also North Central's Jack Swartz Academic All-Conference selection in spring 2011, making him one of nine Cardinals to win the award multiple times since its inception in 1999.
Armstrong, a double major in biology and environmental science, wrapped up her four-year career with her first appearance in a national-championship meet, qualifying for the Division III Outdoor Championships in the discus throw. She placed 19th at the national finals after establishing a school record with a distance of 141'8" to qualify for the meet.
Arrmstrong also ranks second in school history in the hammer throw (149'2") and the indoor 20-pound weight throw (49'5"). She turned in a career-best second-place finish in the discus at the CCIW Outdoor Championships in 2010 and 2012 and contributed to North Central's victories at the CCIW Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2011.