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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 6/28/2023, Last updated: 3/15/2024
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Six Big Ten Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Student-Athletes Named to Academic All-America Teams

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Six student-athletes from five Big Ten Conference schools earned a place on the 2022-23 Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-America Teams, according to Wednesday’s announcement by the College Sports Communicators (CSC).  

Michigan led the way with two Academic All-Americans, followed by Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota, and Wisconsin all with one honoree each.

Michigan graduate student Sophie Isom earned first-team All-America honors from CSC while her teammate, senior Aurora Rynda earned third-team All-America, the first time either student-athlete has received the accolade.

Nebraska sophomore Axelina Johansson, Northwestern graduate student Rachel McCardell, Minnesota junior Shelby Frank and senior Danielle Bellino all received second-team All-America selections, the first honors for all four student-athletes.

Big Ten Conference ( is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching, and public service. Founded in 1896, Big Ten Conference has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness, and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten Conference institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,800 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. Big Ten Conference sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013.