Brunk and Lang Named to All-Academic Team
Kirsten Lang
Kirsten Lang

July 21, 2009

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State track and field juniors Michelle Brunk and Kirsten Lang were named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2009 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team. The honor recognizes indoor and outdoor student-athletes' accomplishments athletically and academically.

A student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 and have met the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying times or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event in order to qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

Illinois State head track and field coach Elvis Forde feels Brunk and Lang are deserving of the honor.

"Michelle and Kirsten have performed well in track and field for us here," said Forde. "Michelle, over the last few years, has been one of the top student-athletes on the team. She is a presidential scholar and was able to demonstrate her academic performance. Kirsten has worked hard for herself as an athlete, but exceptionally hard in the classroom. They both show what it takes to be successful in both areas and will continue to excel in the classroom."

Brunk set a new personal-best time in the 5K with a time of 18:09.50 and earned a 10th-place finish at the State Farm MVC Cross Country Championships. She also recorded a personal-best time in the 6K with a time 22:48.50 at the Pre-Nationals held in Terre Haute, Ind. Brunk participated in the NCAA Midwest Regional in the 6K and recorded a 23:12.60.

The Palatine, Ill., native set a season-best in the mile at the Iowa State Classic with at time of 5:06.68 and won the Valley Championships with a time of 2:10.31 to break the Marks Field track record at Indiana State.

Lang recorded a personal-best time in the 3,000-meter run at the Rob McCravy Memorial with a 9:58.13, while finishing fourth. Lang also ran a career-best 5K with a time of 17:32.99 to finish 23rd at the Iowa State Classic.



The St. Charles, Ill., native earned her first NCAA Regional qualifying performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:45.19 and finished in fifth place at the MVC Championships, which was a career-best performance. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.