MOBILE, Ala. – The University of South Alabama track and field’s Emilie Berge was named first-team academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Berge, the graduate from Iveland, Vest-Agder, Norway, is the first female student-athlete and third to be honored on multiple occasions (Brey Curtis, 1996-97, Jan-Louw Kotze, 2015-17) in South Alabama history.

Berge was named to the academic all-district team for the second consecutive year back in July alongside teammate Hunter Appling. A three-time All-American, Berge earned second-team honors in both the heptathlon and pentathlon during the 2019 campaign, while recieving honorable mention accolades in the heptathlon during the spring 2018 season. She was named the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Women’s Field Most Outstanding Performer, and has recorded five conference titles in the heptathlon (2017-19) and pentathlon (’17, ’19) in her career. She was named second-team all-conference in the pentathlon in 2020 and third-team all-league in the heptathlon this past season.

Berge currently holds the Sun Belt Conference and school record in both events, scoring 5,718 points in the heptathlon and 4,203 points in the pentathlon.

She earned her degree in biology from South in the spring of 2020, posting a 3.98 cumulative undergraduate grade-point average. She currently holds a 4.00 graduate grade-point average as she pursues her master’s in environmental toxicology and has been named to Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List all four years with the program.

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