Tanis and McLain named to Academic All-America teams

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Lewis' Tanis and McLain named to Academic All-America Division II Men's Track & Field/Cross Country teams

Published: June 26, 2013.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Wednesday (June 26) that Lewis University senior Scott Tanis (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) and junior Andrew McLain (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) have both earned Capital One Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team accolades.

Tanis graduated this past May with a 3.90 cumulative grade point average in sports management to earn Capital One Academic All-America Second Team honors. In 2012, Tanis was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team. McLain owns a 3.84 cumulative GPA in sports management and was named to the Academic All-America Third Team.

"Scott and Andrew are among the most dedicated runners in the country," Lewis head men's cross country and track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "They apply that dedication to the classroom as well, and their academic performance is just as impressive.

"It's great to see them recognized for their efforts."

McLain became the first Flyer to qualify for the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships in six years and he earned All-America accolades in the 5,000-meter run (14:20.82) at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. He was honored as the GLVC Men's Cross Country Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also picked up USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country All-Academic honors along with Tanis.

McLain also finished fourth overall with a time of 24:55.90 at the 8K GLVC Men's Cross Country Championships, earning him All-Conference honors. He added another All-Conference award at the 2013 GLVC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a win in the 5,000-meter run.

Tanis enjoyed a solid senior campaign in cross country, as he placed sixth overall at the GLVC Championships, earning him All-Conference accolades. He was later added to the USTFCCA All-Region Men's Cross Country team following his 16th-place finish at the 10K NCAA Division II Midwest Regional.

Lewis University is a Catholic University in the Lasallian tradition, offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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