Concordia University, St. Paul senior men's golfer Mark Austen (Chisago Lakes, Minn.) has been named a 2013 Capital One Academic All-American, being selected to the Men's At-Large Second Team for the second straight year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Capital One Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
The Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men's At-Large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Austen, a native of Chisago Lakes, Minn., is the only NSIC men's golfer among the Capital One Academic All-America Men's At-Large Teams. He is also one of three Northern Sun student-athletes represented among the three teams, joining two athletes from St. Cloud State in the sports of wrestling and swimming.
On the three Academic All-America Teams, Austen is one of eight Division II golfers selected with two on the first team and three each on the second and third teams. He is also the only repeat Academic All-America Second Team selection.
He holds a 3.94 grade point average while graduating with a major in IT management. He improved his work on the golf course last year over his Academic All-America junior year as well. As a senior, he lowered his average by nearly a full stroke to 78.50 which was a career low. He shot a career low round of 71 at Tartan Park Golf Course at the Concordia Invitational in the fall, one of five sub-par rounds for the team this season.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.