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Blackburn Named Academic All-District

MARS HILL, N.C.-- Mars Hill's Eric Blackburn has been named to the 2012-13 CoSIDA Men's Track and Field Academic All-District III team.

Blackburn set a school-record in the 800 Meter Dash at Radford University's Highlander Invitational this season. The senior excelled in the classroom as well, carrying a 3.70 GPA as a Biology major. The CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Blackburn's performance in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship helped the Lions secure their second-consecutive regional crown. He notched second-place finishes in the 1500 Meter Run and 800 Meter Run at the event.

Blackburn will advance to the Academic All-America ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America teams will be selected later this month.

The Academic All-District Teams are divided into eight geographical districts across the United States. The teams honor NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III student-athletes.

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