CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball senior Madison Armstrong has been named to the 2019 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District III First Team as announced Thursday. First-team Academic All-District honorees, like Armstrong, advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

It is the third consecutive year Armstrong has been honored and the seventh-straight year a Catamount softball player has been named Academic First Team All-District III. Former WCU player Taylor Sigmon earned the honor in 2016, 2015 and 2014 and Haley Pace in 2013.

Armstrong, a senior from Gastonia, N.C., carries a 3.99 GPA in Health and Physical Education. She is a two-time SoCon Spring All-Academic selection and three-time SoCon Honor Roll honoree along with a member of the Western Carolina Chancellor’s List. She was also on the initial list for the Senior Class Award as one of the top-30 softball senior student-athletes in NCAA Division I.

She is currently batting .243 with 35 hits, 16 runs scored, eight doubles and 16 RBI. Armstrong currently ranks tied for second in the Western Carolina record books for doubles in a career with 35 knotted with senior teammate Hunter Gibbons. Both are chasing the Catamount record of 37 set by former WCU standout Courtney Price.

The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the sixth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.