Three Named Academic All-District in Cross Country/Track

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tara Keegan, Michael Baer, Kimberlee Yalango Three Muhlenberg student-athletes were named to the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-District 4 Track & Field/Cross Country teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

All three – recent graduates Michael Baer and Kimberlee Yalango and rising senior Tara Keegan – will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Baer (center) earned Academic All-District honors for the third straight year. Last year, he went on to be named a second-team Academic All-American.

Baer, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a biochemistry major and as one of the valedictorians of the Class of 2012, won Centennial Conference gold medals with 4x400 indoor relay team in both 2011 and 2012. He placed in top five in the decathlon at the CC Outdoor Championships three straight years, with a high of fourth in 2011, and also placed in CC meets in the high jump and high hurdles.

On the Mules’ all-time performance lists, Baer ranks third in the decathlon and eighth in the 55 hurdles. He will attend medical school at the University of Pennsylvania this fall.

Keegan (left), a double major in English and history, was the top scorer for the Muhlenberg women at the 2012 CC Outdoor Championships. She won bronze medals in heptathlon and javelin and also ran on 8th-place 4x400 relay team

Indoors, Keegan was fifth in the triple jump at the CC meet. She has also placed in the long jump, 4x100 and 4x200 during her career, and she ranks second in the indoor triple jump, javelin and heptathlon on the all-time performance lists. This spring, Keegan won the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and Promise for Postgraduate Work.

Yalango (right), who graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a psychology major and creative writing minor, ran on both the cross country and track and field teams. She placed 15 times at CC track meets, with four silvers and her first gold with the 4x800 relay team at the 2012 indoor meet.

Yalango contributed to school records in the 4x800 both indoors and outdoors. On the performance lists, she ranks second in the 500 and fourth in the 800 indoors as well as fourth in the 800 outdoors.

In cross country, Yalango ran in the top seven in 2011, helping the Mules to their best regional finish ever. She will attend graduate school for psychology at Wake Forest University.

District 4 consists of all NCAA colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. To be nominated for the team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his or her team.

Since 2003, the Muhlenberg cross country and track and field program has produced 15 Academic All-District selections.