Scardanzen becomes first Ichabod track and field athlete to earn CoSIDA All-America honor

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TOPEKA — Washburn pole vaulter Virgi Scardanzan has added to her outstanding 2020-21 school year by adding first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America® track and field/cross country honors. Scardanzan becomes the first Ichabod track and field member to be named to the Academic All-America squad and the 37th Washburn athlete overall to be honored.

After being selected as a finalist for the MIAA’s 2021 Spring Student-Athlete of the Year award, Scardanzan would go on to finish second earning a silver medal at the Italian National Championships on the international stage in July.

This past year, Scardanzan earned All-American honors in both the indoor and the outdoor seasons by finishing a Washburn-best second place in both events. She was also named the USTFCCCA Central Region Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. She won the MIAA Outdoor Championship at 4.25m (13-11.25) and won the Loper Twilight Qualifier with a vault of 4.35m (14-03.25), a mark that was the No. 5 mark in NCAA DII history and eighth all-time in her native Italy’s history. She went over the 4.00m five times during the outdoor season winning six meets during the season. She finished third in the Indoor MIAA Championships earning all-MIAA honors. She was a member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and the MIAA Scholar Athlete for both indoor and outdoor and was also named the Washburn Senior Student Athlete of the Year.

37 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Award Winners
1992 Jannica Beam WTEN 2nd
1992 Debbie Dumas WTEN 2nd
1992 Beth Fisher WBB 2nd
1993 Michael Dritlein FB 2nd
1993 Jenny Klamm SB 1st
1993 Jannica Beam WTEN 1st
1993 Jannica Beam WBB 2nd
1994 Rhonda Matzke WBB 2nd
1995 Michael Dritlein FB 2nd
1999 Aaron Doonan FB 2nd
1999 Torrie Beauchamp SB 3rd
2000 Pat Colley BB 2nd
2001 Pat Colley BB 2nd
2003 Eric Taylor FB 2nd
2005 Chris McGown MGOLF 1st
2006 Lisa Fahey WSOC 3rd
2007 Lisa Fahey WSOC 1st
2008 Zach Watkins FB 2nd
2008 Lisa Fahey WSOC 1st
2009 Matt Ewald MGOLF 2nd
2010 Mollie Lacy VB 2nd
2011 Andy Petz BB 1st
2011 Mollie Lacy VB 1st
2013 Laura Kinderknecht WBB 2nd
2015 Leanna Willer VB 2nd
2015 Alyssa Carney VB 3rd
2016 Alyssa Carney VB 1st
2016 Leanna Willer VB 1st
2016 Brady Skeens MBB 3rd
2018 Brady Skeens MBB 3rd
2018 Alyssa Carney SB 2nd
2018 Darian Abram BB 3rd
2019 Faith Rottinghaus VB 1st
2020 Faith Rottinghaus VB 1st
2020 Lane Spiker FB 1st
2020 Virgi Scardanzan WTRACK 1st
2020 Andrew Beckler, MGOLF 1st

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