Ambrus, Zola Earn Academic Honor

June 3, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland distance runners Adam Ambrus and Nathaniel Zola, were each named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District track and field team, as released Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The two Maryland runners were among 10 student-athletes named to the District II squad, which covers Division I universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be eligible for the academic awards, student-athletes must be significant contributors to their team, have at least sophomore standing and carry a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average.

Ambrus, a senior from Shamong, N.J., carries a 3.87 GPA in finance and was one of the Terps' lead runners during the 2004 cross country season. He ran a team-best 26:04.7 to finish 30th overall at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, held in College Park. He opened the indoor track season with a victory in the 3,000-meter run at the Delaware Invitational and followed with a win at 5,000 meters the next week at Virginia Tech. He had the Terps' best mark of the season at 5K indoors at 14:55.39.

Zola, a senior from Boulder, Colo., also majored in finance and carried a 3.83 GPA. He had three top-15 finishes during the 2004 cross country season, with his best finish being a fifth at the Mount Saint Mary's duals. Outdoors, he posted Maryland's best 10,000-meter mark of the year with 31:52.03 to place 15th at the ACC Championships. He also finished fifth in the 5K at UNC Wilmington with a season-best of 15:19.10.

The two Maryland student-athletes move to the national ballot for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program.

Adam Ambrus, Maryland; Ryan Bender, Duquesne; Chris Foster, Penn State; Adam Grossman, UMBC; Stephen Hayes, Pennsylvania; Andrew Maloney, St. Francis, Pa.; Kevin Penderghest, Lafayette; Ryan Sheehan, St. Francis, Pa.; A.J. Suravicz, St. Francis, Pa.; Nathaniel Zola, Maryland.