Former Westwood running star Katie Etelamaki garners national collegiate award at Ferris State

Ferris State and former Westwood High School running star Katie Etelamaki competes in a cross country race for FSU. (Courtesy photo)

MARQUETTE — Ferris State University senior Katie Etelamaki has earned one of the most prestigious honors of her collegiate career when she was chosen as an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The 2016 graduate of Westwood High School was chosen to the Academic All-District First Team before being tabbed among the country’s top performers on the Academic All-America First Team.


selects these academic all-American teams to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. This program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, II and III, along with the NAIA.

Etelamaki was among 15 individuals nationwide in Division II named to this women’s First Team. Another 15 were picked for the both the Second and Third teams in voting by college sports information directors nationally.

Etelamaki earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year at the last fall’s NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships and was a three-time GLIAC Commissioner’s Award recipient. Etelamaki competed individually at the national championships, posting a personal best by 23 seconds and notched the second-fastest time in school history in Sacramento, California.

Katie Etelamaki

She earned All-GLIAC First Team honors in cross country three straight years and was a three-time All-Midwest Region choice.

In 2019, Etelamaki earned all-region cross country recognition with an 11th-place finish in a time of 21 minutes, 18.8 seconds in the D-2 Midwest Regional Championships in Evansville, Indiana. The two-time cross country All-American also claimed 2019 NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field All-America recognition and concluded her career as a 10-time NCAA national qualifier in track and field.

Etelamaki garnered GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team honors for the fourth consecutive year and ranks among the Bulldogs’ top five all-time performers in seven events. On the track, she was also an NCAA Division II provisional national qualifier during the winter. In the classroom, she posted a perfect grade-point average as a biology major.

This year, she was also chosen as a corecipient of the Bulldog Of The Year Award presented to Ferris State’s top female athlete.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams are divided into eight districts in the U.S. and Canada from which the All-America Team is selected.

Etelamaki is now attending physician’s assistant school at Central Michigan University.

Information compiled by Journal Staff Writer Renee Prusi and Steve Brownlee. Brownlee’s email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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