Chelsea Oswald Wins NCAA Elite 89 Award

By Jacob Most

March 13, 2013 -

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Chelsea Oswald was named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 award for indoor track and field.

The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.

Oswald boasts a 4.0 GPA, and competed in both the 3,000 meters and distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Medina, Oh., native earned All-America honors in both events for the 2013 indoor season. She finished fifth in the DMR, and 9th in the 3K.

She was also an All-America honoree during the 2012 cross country season.

The Elite 89 recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers according to the NCAA.

Oswald has been named to the athletic director’s honor roll, awarded to the Wildcat with the highest semester GPA on his/her team, six times (Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012).

She was named to the SEC Freshman honor roll, and the SEC honor roll for the 2010-11, and 2011-12 seasons. Oswald has also been on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since 2010, serving as historian since 2011.