Evans, Clinkenbeard Earn Verizon/CoSIDA National Academic All-America

June 20, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University's Whitney Evans and Cicely Clinkenbeard have been selected to the 2001-02 Verizon Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-American Team, as selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Evans, a redshirt junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was named to the 16-member national first team. She was a third team national selection last year. Evans has earned six All-American certificates for the high jump and heptathlon. In 2002, Evans placed second in the women's high jump at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She is a two-time Pacific-10 high jump champion.

Evans graduated with a degree in finance in May with a 3.98 GPA. She will begin her graduate studies in business during her final year of eligibility at WSU. This summer, Evans is competing in the high jump at the Canadian Senior Track & Field Championships, June 20-23, at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Clinkenbeard is a redshirt senior from Okanogan, Wash., and one of 14 members of the national second team. An All-American and school record-holder in the triple jump, Clinkenbeard finished 20th this year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after a second-place finish in the same event at the Pac-10 Championships. She also placed third in the Pac-10 heptathlon with the fourth-best mark in school history. Her academic awards include first team Pac-10 All-Academic, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, 2002 first team Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar, 2002 WSU PROWL Award winner (NCAA Lifeskills program), 2002 WSU Senior Excellence (graduates with 3.5 GPA or better), 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Post Graduate Scholarship winner.

Clinkenbeard achieved a 3.93 GPA in graduates studies in Communications at WSU.

The Verizon Academic All-America teams include 45 student-athletes distributed among first, second and third teams. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher, be in at least the second year of participation at the school, and be an important squad member. Members of the CoSIDA nominate and vote at the district level, with eight districts encompassing the United States and Canada. Only the top ten student-athletes in each district receive consideration for the national ballot.

Name                      School, Yr., Hometown, GPA/MajorSonya Ahmed	        Missouri-KC, Sr., Prairie Village, Kan., 3.99/MedicineSiri Alfheim	        Oklahoma State, Gr., Kopervik, Norway, 3.63/Occupational & Adult EducationMisty Ballard-Swan	        Stephen F. Austin, Sr., Carlsbad, N. Mex., 4.00/English/SpanishStacia Beste	        Illinois State, Sr., Shorewood, Wis., 3.90/PsychologyAnn Marie Brooks	        Missouri, Sr., St. Joseph, Mo., 4.01/Plant ScienceAndreina Byrd*	        Arkansas, Sr., Lambsheim, Germany, 4.00/MicrobiologyDebbie Cardenas	        Tulsa, Sr., Jefferson City, Mo., 4.00/AccountingTara Chaplin	        Arizona, Sr., Montpelier, Vt., 3.57/Studio ArtGina Curtis	        Iowa State, Gr.	Brooklyn Park, Minn.	3.78/MBAWhitney Evans	        Washington State, Jr., Calgary, Alberta, 3.98/FinanceMarie LeJour	        Arkansas, Sr., Pierrefond, Quebec, 4.00/KinesiologyHeather Sagan	        Liberty, Sr., Warrenton, Va., 3.88/Secondary EducationCharlotte Sanderson       Tulsa, Sr., York, England, 4.00/BiologyAustra Skujyte	        Kansas State, Sr., Birzai, Lithuania, 3.77/KinesiologyMegan Westfall	        Florida, Sr., Tallahassee, Fla., 3.70/ZoologyTrish Young	        Louisville, Sr., Owen Sound, Ontario, 4.00/Exercise Physiology

University Division Second Team

Lisa Aguilera Arizona State, Jr., Peoria, Ariz., 3.49/Computer Engineering/FinanceAllison Beckford Rice, Jr., Sawanna-la-Mar, Jamaica, 3.34/KinesiologyRachel Burns Wake Forest, Sr., Walhalla, S.C., 3.98/BiologyCicely Clinkenbeard Washington State, Gr., Okanogan, Wash., 3.93/CommunicationsBrianna Glenn Arizona, Sr., La Mirada, Calif., 3.41/MarketingJodie Hughes Colorado, Sr., The Woodlands, Texas, 3.75/AdvertisingKara Koppel Coastal Carolina, Jr., McDonald, Ohio, 4.00/PsychologyJenna Lucas Nebraska, Sr., Rapid City, S.D., 3.97/Biological SciencesAmy Mortimer Kansas State, Jr., Manhattan, Kan., 3.82/AccountingMelissa Price Nebraska, Sr., Anaheim, Calif., 3.79/SociologyAnn Stechshulte Purdue, Sr., Columbus Grove, Ohio, 3.97/Movement/Sport ScienceLaura Van Hoevelaak Southeast Missouri State, Sr., Hamilton, Ontario, 4.00/MedicineMary Varga Akron, Sr., Tallmadge, Ohio, 3.88/EducationJamie Walker Arkansas, Jr., Forth Worth, Texas, 3.95/Chemistry

University Division Third Team

Caroline Annis Stanford, Sr., Tampa, Fla., 3.70/Human BiologyCleopatra Borel Md-Balt. Cnty, Sr., Trinidad & Tobago, 3.40/Interdisciplinary StudiesTanya Brown Duquesne, Jr., Brampton, Ontario, 4.00/Psychology/MathMarissa Colburn Providence, Sr., Wethersfield, Conn., 3.99/EducationCorrin Drakulich Georgia, So., Portland, Ore., 4.00/GeneticsEmily Hogan Holy Cross, Sr., Northboro, Mass., 3.79/Biology/Pre-medicineJenny Kenyon Oregon, Sr., Newbury Park, Calif., 3.90/Educational StudiesJackie Landess IUPUI, Sr., Daleville, Ind., 3.96/JournalismKate Livesey Nebraska, Sr., Lancaster, U.K., 3.75/Biological SciencesKathleen McCabe Duquesne, Sr., Yardley, Pa., 3.94/PsychologyKelly McConnell Bucknell, Sr., Danville, Pa., 3.92/Psychology/ReligionBecki Marshall Bucknell, Sr., Montgomery, N.Y., 3.78/Civil EngineeringKatie O'Neill Yale, Jr., Milton, Mass., 3.59/HistoryLaura O'Neill Yale, Jr., Milton, Mass., 3.68/AnthropologyLisa Reusser Wisconsin, Jr., Middleton, Wis., 3.86/Pre-Pharmacy

* Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - University Division

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