CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago redshirt senior Jake Mazanke (St. Charles, Ill./East) and sophomore Kevin White (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) have been selected to the men's Academic All-District team for track & field and cross country by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced on Thursday. Mazanke and White, who were both selected to the Missouri Valley Conference's Scholar-Athlete Team, are the first Ramblers to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades since Mike Wetzel in 2014.
Mazanke has made the most of his final season with the Maroon & Gold. The St. Charles, Ill. native posted the second fastest 800m run time in school history in his 2017 debut, clocking in at 1:49.06 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. Just under two weeks later at the Pepsi Florida Relays, Mazanke bested that time by coming across in 1:48.98, a mark that led the Valley, en route to taking second overall in the 800m run at the MVC Outdoor Championships.
Away from the track, Mazanke sports a 4.00 grade-point average as he pursues his Master's Degree in Digital Media & Storytelling.
White enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign in 2016-17. During the indoor portion of Loyola's schedule, the Wooster, Ohio product checked in at 1:49.80, the sixth fastest time in school history, at the SPIRE D1 Invitational. He went on to capture the 800m run title at the MVC Indoor Championships just over two weeks later. That success has carried over to the outdoor season, where he notched an outdoor personal-best of 1:49.25 at the Wisconsin Alumni Classic before narrowly edging out Mazanke for the top spot on the podium in the 800m run at the MVC Outdoor Championships.
In the classroom, White boasts a 3.84 grade-point average as an Environmental Science major with a focus in Conservation & Restoration Ecology.
Both Mazanke and White will be in action later this evening when they run in the second of six First Round heats of the men's 800m run at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field West Regional in Austin, Texas.