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Nicosia receives accolades for academics, athletics

| July 21, 2021 9:35 AM

Hungry Horse News

Montana State’s University’s Carla Nicosia was honored last week for her achievements in competition and in the classroom. She was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America to the 2020-21 Academic All-District Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances.  

Nicosia is a first-time selections to the District 6 First Team. The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams are divided into geographic districts and the program recognizes honorees in four divisions – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. 

 Nicosia, in her lone season at Montana State, completed her college career by appearing at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in College Station, Texas, in May. She placed 36th in the women’s triple jump following a standout senior outdoor year of eligibility. 

 The Columbia Falls native set the program record in the triple jump, which had stood for nearly 20 years, during the outdoor slate. She achieved her lifetime best of 41 feet, 8.5 inches on her final jump at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships. Nicosia missed first place by just a quarter of an inch. The triple jumper, who previously competed at University of Montana, has earned nearly 10 Big Sky All-Academic Team selections and raised her personal record in her featured event by two feet while at Montana State.

She is currently in graduate school and has a 4.0 GPA while studying exercise physiology/nutrition.