May 3, 2013
University of Minnesota baseball center fielder Troy Larson has been named a 2013 Capital One Academic First-Team All-District honoree, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Larson was only member from a Big Ten institution to be awarded this honor.
The 2013 selection marks the second time Larson was named first-team all-district honors. A returning Academic All-American, the award is given to honorees that excel both in the classroom and on the field. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Larson is the only Golden Gopher to play in all 40 games this season. Entering the Penn State series with 10 runs batted in, Larson ranks fourth of the team with a .297 batting average and third on the team with 20 hits. A starting outfielder for Minnesota, the Oakdale, Minn., native is known for his academic success. Named an Academic All-American last year, Larson holds one of the best grade point averages in the entire Minnesota athletic student body (3.954). Double majoring in genetics/cell biology and biochemistry, Larson has received multiple Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten accolades. Already accepted into medical school, Larson was awarded Minnesota's Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship Award earlier this year.
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