Oregon Athletes Named to Men's District All-Academic Teams

May 23, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon track and field athletes Adam Bergquist and Billy Pappas have been named to the Verizon District VIII All-Academic first team, while teammate Trevor Woods has been named to the second team.

Pappas, a redshirt senior from Azalea won the Pacific-10 Conference decathlon championships two weeks ago, with an NCAA automatic qualifying total of 7,532 points, and a 44-point personal best. His victory in Pullman, Wash., earned him Pac-10 track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of May 13. Pappas is currently tenth in the national rankings. He was also a District VIII first team all-academic selection and Pac-10 academic honoree in 2001. Pappas presently maintains a 3.61 GPA, and is a psychology major.

Bergquist, a redshirt senior from Boulder, Colo., has enjoyed a stellar career with the Duck's distance program, and has developed into one of the most respected leaders on the squad. The 5,000 meter specialist ran a personal best 14:14.02 at the Cardinal Invitational in early May, missing the NCAA provisional mark by only seven seconds. Bergquist has been almost flawless in the classroom, carrying a 3.99 GPA in the exercise and movement science major.

The Verizon Men's University Division District VIII All-Academic team is voted upon by members of the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America in the district consisting of schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher, must be in at least his second year of participation at the school, and must be an important squad contributor. The other student-athletes selected to the first team were Henrik Ahnstrom of Northern Arizona, Todd Grunander of Weber State, John Hedengren of Brigham Young, Teren Jameson of Utah, Mike Mortensen of Arizona, Kyle Rowley of Southern Utah, Donald Sage of Stanford, and Jeremy Tolman of Weber State.

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