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Former G/T Prep Receives Academic All American Honors

By Staff | Apr 2, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – A former Graettinger/Terril prep runner has earned All american honors at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Sophomore Candace Klepper of Terril, a member of the Iowa Lakes Community College women’s cross country team, was recently awarded the NJCAA Academic All-American award.

“This is a well deserved award and I am extremely proud of Candace for earning it,” said Iowa Lakes Head Cross Country Coach Molly Struve.

In order to receive a NJCAA Academic All-American award, a student athlete must meet all of the following requirements. The athlete must have completed three full-time semesters of college work, must have participated in at least one season of the varsity sport at the college in which they are nominated in, must have a GPA of 3.80 to 4.0 for Distinguished All-American or 3.60 to 3.79 for All-American, and must be nominated during the academic year in which the participation occurred.

“The requirements are very specific, so when a student-athlete receives this award, they are very deserving. Candace has been a dedicated student athlete for two years at Iowa Lakes and all her hard work has paid off,” said Struve.

Klepper led the Laker women’s team this year. She had a personal best time of 21:19, which she earned at the national meet in South Carolina. She frequently placed in the top half at meets and improved her time with each race. Other than this award, Klepper also earned the All-Region Honorable Mention award for her 17th place finish at the regional meet, along with the Region XI Academic All-Region a-ward.

“Candace is a hard working athlete, who has a natural ability for running. She worked hard in practice and in the classroom. It will be hard to lose her next fall, but I know she will be successful when she transfers on,” said Struve.

Klepper plans to transfer to a private university next fall and will likely continue her running career there.

For more information on Iowa Lakes cross country go to www.iowalakes.edu or contact Coach Molly Struve at 712-362-7919.