Former Raiders earn collegiate academic honors

A pair of Roseville Area High School graduates was announced as academic award winners last week. Kevin Brooks of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Danielle Dickson of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth are on their schools’ respective track and field teams.

Brooks, who was a sophomore this spring, earned Division III All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Brooks recorded a cumulative 3.74 grade-point average as a business/finance major.

To qualify for the all-academic award, an individual must have a grade-point average of at least 3.30 and must have either competed in an NCAA indoor or outdoor championship or have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or top 25 in a relay.

Brooks is a sprinter and also competes in relays. His top individual finish this spring was a third-place performance in the 400 meters at the St. Mary’s Open in Winona in late April. As a member of a relay, Brooks finished second in the 4x400-meter relay at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship meet in early May.

Dickson was a junior this spring and the St. Scholastica women’s track and field squad was selected as a Division III All-Academic team. This is the seventh consecutive season that the Saints have earned the honor.

The team’s grade-point average of 3.51 was the highest in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and tied for 20th best in the nation in Division III.

Earlier this year, Dickson was named to the UMAC all-academic team, which requires that an athlete have a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. It was her second consecutive all-academic selection.

Dickson won an outdoor conference championship in the 100-meter dash and brought home second-place medals in the long jump and the 4x100-meter relay. A year earlier as a sophomore, Dickson won UMAC titles in the 4x100 and the long jump and was second in the 100.

— Brian Meyers


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