Pomona-Pitzer senior running back Aseal Birir, and Redlands junior offensive lineman Christian Godina were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team as announced recently by the organization.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
Birir led the Sagehens this season with 1,003 yards in just eight games. He ran for 7.3 yards per cary and 125.4 yards per game. Birir totaled 14 rushing touchdowns this season and set the record for most rushing yards in a single game with 275 yards against Cal Lutheran. Birir ends his career as a Sagehens as the All-Time Career Rushing Leader with 3,876 yards. Birir is a Chemistry major from Pomona College with a 3.78 GPA.
To be considered for CoSIDA All-Academic Teams, nominees must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution, athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and must have completed a full calendar year at their nominating institution.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.
-- Courtesy of Pomona-Pitzer Sports Information --
Among the 27-man team, Godina is one of five offensive linemen to be recognized on the elite list for District 8.
This season, Godina worked his way into the starting rotation for a Bulldog football team that racked up 4,456 yards of total offense with an incredibly balanced performance through the air and on the ground. He played a solid role in the Maroon and Gray's 7-2 season that culminated in the team's fifth-consecutive Smudge Pot victory over Cal Lutheran University, with this year's effort coming in a 21-17 decision on the road.
A likely three-time Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) All-Academic Team selection and Redlands Scholar-Athlete, Godina excels in the classroom as a Biology major with a near-perfect GPA. He also consistently lands on the Dean's List for his academic achievements.
Godina is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration, which will be announced in early December.
-- Courtesy of Redlands Sports Information --