Case Western Reserve University graduate student Cassandra Laios was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's Track and Field / Cross Country Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for her athletic and academic achievements over her collegiate career.
The Academic All-District honor was the first of Laios' career.
By virtue of being named to the Academic All-District Team, Laios will be placed on the ballot for the Academic All-America Team, with first-, second-, and third team honors to be announced in June.
Laios recently completed a stellar career at Case Western Reserve. She joined elite company on Saturday by the winning the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Hammer Throw Championship. She became the 15th NCAA Champion in the 48-year history of CWRU Spartans athletics, and the first since former Spartan men's tennis players Eric Klawitter and C.J. Krimbill claimed the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship.
Competing her final collegiate event of her career, Laios was seeded second in the hammer with a then school-record mark of 55.96 meters. She finished first in the event on Saturday with a new school-record toss of 56.34 meters. Laios became the first Spartan track and field athlete to earn a national title during the outdoor season since former Spartan Obinna Nwanna won the decathlon in 2010. In addition, she becomes the first Spartan woman to win a national title during the outdoor season since former Spartan Esther Erb won the 10,000-meter run in 2008.
In addition to her national title in the hammer throw, Laios earned an All-American honor in the discus on Thursday as she hit a mark of 44.41 meters to place seventh in the event. During the indoor season, Laios earned her first-career All-American honor as she placed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 17.98 meters.
Academically, Laios has recorded 3.87 undergraduate GPA and a 3.80 graduate GPA as an electrical engineering major.
Voting for the Academic All-District team is conducted by members of CoSIDA. Case Western Reserve is part of District 7, which includes Division III student-athletes from colleges in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.