Academy of Art University’s First NCAA All-American
Jenny Bergren, an Interior Architecture and Design major at the Academy of Art University, has been named an NCAA All-American in track and field. Photo: Rich Luna, Lindsay Schutzman, Melissa Coe.
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A first for Academy of Art University’s Athletics program, cross-country runner Jenny Bergren has been named an NCAA All-American. Her strong finish at the Division II National Championships caps an outstanding career for the track and field athlete. An Oakland native, Jenny is studying in the School of Interior Architecture & Design at the Academy.
Jenny’s 15th place showing at Nationals was the highest of any individual qualifier, and her time of 21:01.6 was a seasonal best on the 6k Missouri Southern Cross Country Course in Joplin, Missouri. “It feels pretty good to be in the top 15 and to be the Academy’s first All-American!” Jenny said. “People kept asking where the Academy of Art University is, and I would proudly tell them San Francisco. It feels good to get the school’s name out there.”
Academy of Art University has only been eligible to compete in NCAA-sanctioned Division II since the 2012–13 athletics post-season competition. The Academy has also begun participating in the National Letters of Intent program under the auspices of the NCAA. To have an All-American athlete be a part of this growing program is an accomplished milestone for Academy of Art University.
“Champions always find a way to rise to the occasion,” said Charles Ryan, track and field head coach. “Today, Jenny showed the championship pedigree that will define the 2012–13 season for ‘ART U.’ She ran the race of her life, on the biggest stage of her life, and what more could anyone ask for? … NCAA All-American. It’s no longer a hope, a wish, a vision; it’s now reality. Jenny Bergren is proof for anyone who still doubts what can be accomplished at the NCAA level from an art school. … Simply amazing.”