USI’s Comastri, Nolan Earn Academic Honor

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University of Southern Indiana Cross Country/Track & Field seniors Jennifer Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Austin Nolan (Evansville, Indiana) have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District IV teams in a vote by the Midwest Region’s SIDs.

Comastri is earning Academic All-District honors for the first time after collecting a pair of All-America awards, two All-Midwest Region accolades, a Great Lakes Valley Conference title and three All-GLVC honors during the 2020-21 season.

Last month, Comastri was named USI’s Female Student Athlete of the Year after setting school records in the indoor 5,000 meters as well as the 10,000 meters. She is now a five-time All-American, seven-time All-Midwest Region honoree, two-time GLVC champion and 10-time All-GLVC performer.

Comastri, who is working on her master’s degree in health administration, moves onto the women’s national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Nolan, a two-time Academic All-American, is earning Academic All-District honors for the third straight year after earning All-Midwest Region honors and finishing 15th in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA II Indoor Championships in March.

In addition to his Academic All-America awards, Nolan has twice been named the GLVC Cross Country Runner of the Year and has been voted GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year in cross country three times. He is a two-time GLVC champion on the cross country course in addition to a four-time conference champion on the track.

Nolan, who is working on his master’s degree in sport management, also moves onto the men’s national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Both Comastri and Nolan will be returning to compete for the Screaming Eagles during the 2021-22 seasons. Due to the NCAA’s COVID-19 rules, Comastri still has a year of eligibility remaining in cross country, indoor track & field as well as outdoor track & field; while Nolan has another year of eligibility remaining in both indoor and outdoor track & field.

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