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Marengo's Adams receives IHSA academic honor

Marengo's Katie Adams crosses the finish line in first place in the McHenry County Cross Country Meet on Aug. 25, 2012, at McHenry Township Park in Johnsburg. Adams recently was named an IHSA All-State Academic Team honorable mention pick. (Shaw Media file photo)

Marengo’s Katie Adams has proved she is as smart as she is fast.

The Indians’ senior distance runner, who was ninth in the Class 2A girls race at the IHSA Cross Country State Meet, was named to the IHSA Academic All-State Team as an honorable mention selection Friday.

Adams, the Northwest Herald Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, has a 4.12 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The IHSA chooses 26 to its Academic All-State first team, then 50 honorable mentions. Each member school is invited to nominate one female and one male athlete who has participated in two activities and has a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

“It’s awesome,” said Adams, who won the Class 2A 1,600 meters at last year’s IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet. “It’s really exciting. We had to list our academic information and individual and team accomplishments and other programs you’re involved with, like National Honor Society.”

Nominees also are required to write an essay about how sports and academics changed their lives.

“I wrote about how running has showed me that no matter what the obstacles, you can’t give up,” Adams said. “I wrote about how at sectionals [as a sophomore] I almost collapsed at the finish line and had to come back from that.”

The next week, she finished in the top 10 at state cross country.

Adams’ former track teammate Allison Rogutich was an honorable mention All-State Academic Team selection last year.

Adams, who will run at Iowa next year, lost only one race last season, the state final after she suffered a sprained ankle early in the race. She will major in human physiology at Iowa with plans to become a physical therapist.