June 25, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Leigh Gilmore, a senior on the University of Alabama women’s cross country and track and field team, has been named a first team Capital One Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A civil engineering major that graduated with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A., the Spring Hill, Ala., native was Alabama’s top finisher in three cross country meets, including the NCAA Regional. This season, she ran Alabama’s fastest 1,500 meter time during the outdoor season, a mark that ranks eighth all-time at Alabama. She also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship to continue her studies.
Her other academic accomplishments include being a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as the UA’s President’s List and Honors Program. A perpetual member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she was named the Capstone Engineering Society Department of Civil Engineering Most Outstanding Senior this year as well and was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma and Lambda Sigma Honor Societies.
Gilmore has also been honored for her work in the community as the SEC’s Davis Community Service Leader of the Year for her involvement with Athletes in Action, Big Sister Little Sister, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Additionally she has served as a camp counselor and has traveled to Haiti and Guatemala to volunteer at an orphanage and underprivileged school.
Gilmore joins teammate Nathan Corder, who was named a men’s first team Academic All-American, as the Crimson Tide’s two track and field student-athletes to earn the prestigious honor. The Crimson Tide track and field program has now had six student-athletes earn a total of 10 Academic All-America honors all-time.
She is the ninth UA student-athlete to earn Academic All-America status this season, setting a school record for Alabama Athletics.