Morales joins MSU-Mankato's Coley Ries as recipient of award.

    University of Minnesota-Crookston softball player Maggie Morales was named Thursday to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 7.

    Morales is one of two student-athletes in the NSIC to be recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in softball along with Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Coley Ries.

    A 5-foot-7 sophomore from Tucson, Ariz., Morales started in 40 games for the Golden Eagles. In that timespan, she has hit .272 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 10 runs scored and 12 RBIs.

    Morales has maintained a 3.79 GPA in exercise science and wellness. She is an NSIC All-Academic recipient and has been a member of the UMC Chancellor’s List.

    Morales is the first student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors at UMC since Katrina Nordick following the 2015-16 women’s basketball season.

    The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for the combined performances athletically and academically. To be eligible for the award, a nominated student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games. No student athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

    Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the sixth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

    The Division II and III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016-17 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.

    First Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.