INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Oklahoma State’s Anissa Angelosante took fourth in the 5,000-meter run Wednesday at 2006 Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

“The race was a lot of fun because I got to compete against girls that I have read about,” Angelosante said. “I now have accomplished something that I always dreamed of doing.”

Angelosante, a freshman from Kingsland, Texas, finished in 18:17:18. Georgetown’s Natasha LaBeaud claimed the top spot at 17:12.63, while prep-athletes Kate Niehaus and Nichole Jones rounded out the top three.

“Overall, running in a meet like this will make me a better track runner and athlete,” Angelosante said. “Now I can use the experience that I gained here and carry it over into the rest of my career.”

The top three finishers from the event will represent the United States at 2006 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Beijing, China, on August 15-20.

Meanwhile, OSU cross country runner Michelle Prowse has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field first team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Prowse graduated in December with a 4.0 GPA in health and human performance. It was the second year in a row she earned the honor.

The Kamo, New Zealand, native finished 34th at the Big 12 Cross Country Championship and 26th at the Midwest Regional Championships, one place shy of all-region honors.

The Academic All-America Team program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA (the College Sports Information Directors of America), a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, a student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

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