OGDEN -- For the third consecutive year, Weber State distance runner Sarah Callister has earned Academic All-America honors. Callister was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Division I first team, which was announced Thursday by College Sports Information Directors of America.
WSU teammate Amber Henry was named to the third team.
Callister, who was named to the All-America third team in each of the past two seasons, becomes the first female athlete in Weber State history in any sport to earn Academic All-America honors three times. She is one of 15 track and field women's athletes throughout the country named to the first team and one of 45 that earned Academic All-America honors. Callister is the only athlete from a school in Utah or the Big Sky Conference named to the first team.
A native of Ogden, Callister carries a perfect 4.00 grade point average as a nursing major at Weber State. This past year she earned Big Sky All-Conference honors three times and All-Region honors once in cross country and indoor track and field. In cross country she finished second overall and helped lead the Wildcats to their second-straight Big Sky championship. She went on to earn All-Region honors as the team won their first ever region title and advanced to the NCAA championships.
At the NCAA cross country championships, Callister earned the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 Award, given to the athlete with the top GPA at the national meet.
In indoor track she won the Big Sky title in the 5,000 meters and finished second overall in the 3,000 meters. She has won nine conference titles in her career in indoor and outdoor track.
Henry earned Academic All-America honors for the first time in her career as she was named to the third team. This season Henry, a native of Mountain View, Wyo., had one of the best years in Weber State history, winning four conference titles and two All-American honors. In cross country she repeated as Big Sky champion and led the Wildcats to their second-straight conference title. She also led the team to their first ever Mountain Region championship and earned All-American honors by finishing 32nd at the NCAA cross country championships.
After sitting out the indoor season, Henry won All-American honors for the second-straight year after finishing third at the NCAA championships in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. At the Big Sky meet in Portland she won the conference title in the 1,500 meters, steeplechase and 3,000 meters, becoming just the 10th athlete to ever win three titles in one meet. She also set stadium records in all three events and was named MVP of the meet.
Henry also has the second best time in school history in the steeplechase and finished sixth in the event at the USA Championships. In her career she has won seven Big Sky titles in her career in track and field and two in cross country. She will compete next year in cross country and indoor track and field.
Earlier this year Henry was named the Weber State female athlete of the year after earning All-America honors twice in 2012. Henry carries a 3.88 GPA in nursing at Weber State.