INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Horizon League announced the 2017 Cross Country All-Academic Teams Wednesday afternoon, with Cleveland State senior Karen Barrientos earning a spot on the 10-person team.
Barrientos carries a 3.78 GPA pursuing a degree in health sciences with a psychology minor. After transferring to Cleveland State as a junior, the Ashtabula, Ohio native has earned a spot on the Cleveland State University Dean's List every semester that she has been eligible. Barrientos is also a Cleveland State Athletic Academic honoree.
On the course, Barrientos holds Cleveland State records in both the 5K and 6K events, and currently owns five of the top-10 5K performances and four of the top-10 6K performances in the CSU record book.
Barrientos' 5K record came earlier this season, when she became the first Viking to break the 18-minute mark, posting a time of 17:59 to win the Jenna Strong Fall Classic. Her personal-best and CSU record 6K time came as a junior, when she recorded a time of 22:10 to earn First Team honors at the Horizon League Championship.
Throughout her brief tenure at Cleveland State, Barrientos has captured a pair of individual titles and six top-five individual finishes, while she has also led the Vikings to a pair of team championships.
2017 Horizon League All-Academic Team
Karen Barrientos, Cleveland State
Kayla Hughes, Detroit Mercy
Kimberly Hurst, Green Bay
Alexandra Kershner, Green Bay
Ashley Kidwell, IUPUI
Alexis Lewandowski, IUPUI
Shelby Pake, IUPUI
Haley Welch, IUPUI
Jennah Flairty, Northern Kentucky
Allison Hansen, UIC