May 25, 2017
By Megan Golden
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday that Irish junior Jessica Harris has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country team.
The All-District nod is the first of Harris’ accomplished three-year career. Harris previously was named to the All-USTFCCCA Academic Track & Field team and the All-ACC Academic Indoor Track & Field team following her freshman year in 2015.
Following an eighth-place finish in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships (11:05.76), Harris earned First Team All-America honors. She also placed 13th in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Harris won two ACC Indoor Championships with a time of 11:02.32 in the DMR and a personal-best 4:33.80 in the mile. The Cockeysville, Maryland, native broke her own school record in the 800m at the Virginia Challenge with a time of 2:03.23 and placed third with a personal record of 4:16.56 in the 1,500m at the same meet.
At the Penn Relays, Harris and the women’s DMR squad set an Irish program record (10:58.22), topping the previous indoor and outdoor bests.
Academic All-District selections must have at least a 3.30 GPA. Selections from all eight districts will automatically be included on the Academic All-America ballot. The Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country team will be announced on June 23.
Harris and the Irish are scheduled to compete at the NCAA East Regional in Lexington for a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The NCAA East Regional will be streamed live by the NCAA beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday. The live stream will start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday’s action will air live at 6 p.m.
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Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women's lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary's College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.