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Idaho State senior track and field distance runner Andrew Kaler can add one more academic award to his resume: All-American. Kaler became the first ever Idaho State track and field athlete to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Track and Field Second Team.
“It’s insane. I can’t believe it,” Kaler said. “It’s nice to know that all my hard work is paying off. It’s unbelievable.”
Kaler is the first Bengal to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American status since dual-sport athlete Tressa Lyman received the honor in the spring of 2016. Kaler, who graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in May, previously garnered first-team Academic All-District 7 honors last month. He was a four-time Big Sky All-Academic performer and was named the Outstanding Student for the College of Science and Engineering by the university.
“We have a culture here with academics,” Bengals head cross country coach, and Kaler’s track and field distance coach, Nate Houle said. “Andrew kind of represents the whole team. All of our kids do well in the classroom, and it translates to athletics. They pick hard majors and go after their academic dreams. They don’t put that on hold. Andrew shows what it really means to be a high-level athlete and student.”
“This is a big deal,” ISU head track and field coach Hillary Merkley said. “We want people to have a good experience and a good education, and athletics is part of that, but academics are huge.”