WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue track and field standout took home her second All-America award in a week on Friday, earning ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-America honors for women’s track and field/cross country University Division.
A nutrition, fitness and health major, Patterson was one of two Purdue women to earn Academic All-District honors as she earned first-team recognition to become eligible for the national award, while teammate Mallory Peck was named second-team all-district.
Both Boilermakers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors this season, while Patterson went on to earn her second consecutive USTFCCCA All-America award at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, taking second place in the women’s javelin throw. She led the Purdue women to their highest national outdoor finish in 14 years as the Boilermakers tied for 20th with 13 team points.
Of the 15 members of the ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-America team, Patterson is one of 11 double All-Americans, joining University Division Academic All-America of the Year Lisa Koll of Iowa State, Jenny Barringer of Colorado, Sarah Bowman and Phoebe Wright of Tennessee.
Also listed: Laura Hermanson of North Dakota State, Annett Wichmann of Hawaii (Manoa), Sarah Stevens of Arizona State, Katie Stripling of Arkansas, Karoline Koehler of San Diego State and Susan Kuijken of Florida State.
All 11 earned athletic honors by placing in the respective top-eight of their events at the national championships last weekend.