MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama’s track and field student-athletes Emilie Berge and Hunter Appling were named first-team academic all-district by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Berge, the graduate from Iveland, Vest-Agder, Norway, and Appling — a junior from Cullman, Ala. — are now eligible for selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team that will be released in August.

A three-time All-American, Berge was named to the second-team in both the heptathlon and pentathlon during the 2019 campaign, while garnering honorable mention accolades in the heptathlon during the spring 2018 season. This is Berge’s second consecutive year to be selected first team academic all-district. 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) during her career. She was named second-team all-conference in the pentathlon in 2020 and third-team all-conference in the heptathlon this past season.

Berge currently holds the Sun Belt Conference and school record in both events, having recorded 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 and has been named to Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List each of her first four years in the program.

Appling won the 110m hurdles and set a new program record at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championship in 2019 and qualified for the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round. He qualified for the conference final and NCAA East Preliminary Round in the same event during the 2021 campaign, while also qualifying for the 400m hurdles in the conference finals. Appling also qualified for the 60m hurdles conference indoor finals in 2019 and 2021. Appling, the first-time academic all-district selection, has made the Sun Belt Commissioner’s list in each of his first two seasons in the program.

Berge and Appling were named academic all-district in District 4, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Puerto Rico.  All nominees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or greater, and be at least a sophomore both athletically and academically.

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