May 24, 2009

Schmitz 8th In Finals, Named NCAA All-American

ANGELO, TX – North Georgia’s Alan Schmitz competed in the NCAA Division II National Championships Saturday evening, finishing 8th in the 800-meter finals with a time of 1:52.34, earning NCAA Division II All-American at the conclusion of the event.

Friday evening, Schmitz placed second in the second preliminary heat of the championships, finishing the 800-meter race in 1:51.67 to grab the automatic qualifier to the finals.

Anthony Luna of Metro State Denver claimed the National Championship, winning the event with a time of 1:49.26, while Andrew Graham of Adams State placed second, crossing the line in 1:49.76.

Schmitz wraps up his storybook career at North Georgia with All-American honors. In cross country, the senior was named to the Peach Belt All-Conference team while competing all four years for the Saints.