Track & Field's Banken Named Academic All-America

June 13, 2001

Senior javelin thrower Christian Banken was named to the 2000-2001 Verizon Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America team this week.

Banken, of Trondheim, Norway, finished 16th at the NCAA Championships early this month and was one of two Arizona athletes to participate for the Wildcats, along with senior 400-meter sprinter Mike Kenyon.

Banken earned third-team Academic All-America honors with a 3.81 cumulative grade point average in management information systems.

He recorded a 228-6 throw on march 16, his personal best and the fifth-longest javelin throw in school history, but was troubled by a groin injury. he came back and finished second in the Pac-10 Championships with a throw of 226-9.

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