Lahm, Alderson, earn Academic All-American honors

Two Wayne State track and field athletes earned spots on the Google Cloud Academic All-Amiercan teams, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America earlier this week.

Derek Lahm was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American First Team for Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country, his third honor after earning third-team selections in 2015 and 2017.
A senior from Columbus, Lahm carries a 3.92 grade-point average majoring in chemistry and health science. 

During the indoor season, Lahm was the NSIC champion in the long jump (23-8 1/2) and also earned All-NSIC honors with a second-place finish in the heptathlon at 5,063 points. 
In the outdoor season, Lahm was a national qualifier in the decathlon after setting a new school record, winning the NSIC title with 6,951 points. He also set a new school record this year in the long jump (24-7 1/4) and was All-NSIC in the long jump and javelin with a pair of third-place finishes to go with winning the NSIC decathlon.

Academically, Lahm was also named the Bob Cunningham Male Scholar Athlete of the Year this year at Wayne State College as the top male scholar athlete. He is the seventh Academic All-American since 2012 for Wayne State College men’s track and field, joining Mickey Doerr as a three-time Academic All-American (2012, 2013, 2014). Doerr was a third-team selection to the Capital One All-American Team in 2012, a second-team choice in 2013 and a first-team recipient in 2014.

Mary Alderson was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American third team for Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country.

A graduate student from North Bend, Alderson maintains a 4.0 grade-point average while majoring in chemistry/health science. She is one of 19 Academic All-Americans selected that recorded a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average this year.

This season, Alderson recorded an eighth-place finish during the indoor season in the NSIC 600-meter dash (1:42.82) and was fourth in the 400-meter dash during the NSIC Outdoor Championships with a time of 56.64 seconds.

Alderson was a double-event winner at two meets this season, taking first in the 200 and 400-meter dashes at the WSC Wildcat Classic on March 22 and the Mount Marty Twilight Meet on April 25.

With the selection, Wayne State College has back-to-back Academic All-Americans after senior thrower Michaela Dendinger was voted Academic All-American second team last season.

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