Gale-Butto, Rodenfels Named USTFCCCA Academic All-Americans
NEW ORLEANS (CentreColonels.com) – The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association released its Academic All-American honorees for the 2017 women's track season and Centre College had a pair of student-athlete representatives on the list as senior Serena Gale-Butto (Muskegon, Mich.) and sophomore Annie Rodenfels (Centerville, Ohio) earned Academic All-America honors.
To qualify for this year's USTFCCCA Academic All-American honors, student-athletes were required to participate in an NCAA Track and Field Championship, either indoor or outdoor, or finish the regular season ranked in the national top 50 in an individual event.
Serena Gale-Butto wrapped up her final semester at Centre College as one of the top 10K runners in the nation to cap off a senior campaign that saw her finish sixth overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, becoming Centre's first women's cross country All-American since Eileen Schilling in 2005.
Annie Rodenfels dominated the Southern Athletic Association track championships, winning all four of her events and the SAA Women's Track Athlete of the Year award. At the NCAA Championships, Rodenfels finished third overall in the 3000m steeplechase, becoming the first All-American for Centre women's track and field since Kasey Jackson and Emily Niehaus each accomplished the feat in 2011.
Centre and Rhodes were the only two schools in the SAA to have multiple representatives on the 2017 USTFCCCA Women's Track and Field All-America list.