ANGOLA, IND. -- Trine University senior Nicholas Zak (St. John, Ind./Hanover Central) has been named to the Google Cloud Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-District VII Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for his efforts both in the classroom and on the track.
The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes outstanding student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
Zak graduated from Trine this past spring with a degree in civil engineering and was one of the top runners on the men's cross country and track teams. During the track season, Zak improved upon his own mile-run school record on multiple occasions with the final record being set at the Grand Valley (Mich.) State "Big Meet" in early February with a time of 4:17.50. He later helped play a pivotal role in the Thunder finishing as runners-up at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships with a second-place finish in the mile (4:24.89). He also posted a fourth-place effort in the 800-meter run (1:59.37). Following the indoor season, Zak went on to garner All-Region honors by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
During the outdoor track season, Zak continued to make an impact and finished as an individual conference champion in the 1500-meter run (4:00.79) and also advanced to the finals of the 800-meter run where he placed third with a mark of 1:54.49. As a an event champion, Zak earned All-MIAA honors. As a team, the Thunder finished in second place for the third year in a row at the MIAA Outdoor Championship.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in June.