Greencastle, Ind. - Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), a May graduate, has been chosen to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Men's Track and Field/Cross Country Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Christian, who was chosen to the third team, was one of 45 student-athletes named to the three teams. The complete list is available here.
A four-year letterwinner in both sports, Christian earned all-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships after placing 37th and leading the Tigers to an 18th-place finish. He placed 45th at the 2018 Championships as the team finished 20th. Christian also qualified as an individual for the 2015 national meet. The 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year and the 2018 NCAC Runner of the Year, Christian was a three-time first team all-conference honoree and second team once. He earned all-region honors all four years, helped the team to back-to-back NCAC titles as a junior and a senior and was the 2018 NCAC individual winner.
In track and field, Christian won the NCAC Indoor 5,000-meter title in 2018 before capturing three conference championships as a senior including the indoor 3,000 meters as well as the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 titles to earn Distance Runner of the Year honors. His 5K time came established an NCAC record.
The 2019 Phil Eskew Award winner graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree while majoring in performance and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. A Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society inductee, he was the 2018-19 senior male with the highest cumulative grade point average. He served as a Community Music Program instructor where he taught violin lessons to local children. Christian was a pit orchestra member all four years for the DePauw Opera and principle second for the DePauw Symphony Orchestra.
In all, DePauw student-athletes have earned 58 Academic All-America® honors since Ike Tallman's selection to the 1958 football team. The complete list of DePauw honorees is available here.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information/athletics communications staff.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 30,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division III Academic All-America® teams.
For more information about the Academic All-America® program, please visit the official site.