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

June 19, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University's Whitney Evans and Ellannee Richardson have been selected to the 2002-03 Verizon Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American Team, as selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Evans, a redshirt senior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was named to the 15-member national first team. She was also a 2002 national first team selection and was named to the national third team in 2001. Evans is the most-decorated women student-athlete in Washington State University history having earned eight All-American certificates for the high jump and heptathlon. Last week, Evans concluded her collegiate career by winning the high jump at the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a personal-best height of 6-feet, 1 1/4 inches. She is a three-time Pacific-10 high jump champion and placed fourth in the high jump at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Evans graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in finance in May 2002 with a 3.98 GPA. She currently carries a 3.93 GPA as a graduate student and will complete her Masters in Business Administration this year. Evans received the following awards during the past school year: Cougar Pride Academic Salute, Senior Excellence in Academics, Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and nominee for NCAA Women of the Year.

Richardson, a redshirt senior from Gladstone, Ore., is a five-time All-American and three-time Pac-10 heptathlon champion (2001-03). Last weekend she was the national runner-up at the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and bettered her own school record with a total of 5,839 points. Richardson holds three indoor and four outdoor school records. She was rated as the third-best heptathlete (top collegiate) in the United States in 2003 by Track & Field News.

Richardson's 2003 honors are: WSU's Pac-10 Medal Winner, Cougar Pride Academic Salute Trophy, Senior Excellence in Academics, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team, nominee for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Women of the Year and a Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America Dist. VIII Academic All-American. She graduate with a Bachelors of Arts degree in sociology and will complete her Masters degree in criminal justice and political science this year.

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.

First Team


NAME SCHOOL YR. HOMETOWN GPA MAJOR
Simidele Adeagbo Kentucky Sr. Louisville, Ky. 3.89 Journalism
Tracey Bearden Drake Sr. Brookfield, Wis. 3.92 Public Administration
Andreina Byrd Arkansas Sr. Lambshein, Germany 3.90 Microbiology
Michelle Carson Michigan State Jr. Winnipeg, Manitoba 3.95 Dietetics
Corrin Drakulich Georgia Jr. Portland, Ore. 4.00 Genetics/Religion
Abbey Elsberry Boise State Jr. Meridian, Idaho 4.00 Physical Education and Health
Whitney Evans Washington State Gr. Calgary, Alberta 3.93 Business
Krista Keir Ohio State Sr. Westerville, Ohio 4.00 Leisure Studies
Kara Koppel Coastal Carolina Sr. McDonald, Ohio 4.00 Psychology
Shani Marks ** Minnesota Sr. Apple Valley, Minn. 4.00 Journalism
Amy Mortimer Kansas State Sr. Manhattan, Kan. 3.82 Accounting
Katie O'Neill Yale Sr. Milton, Mass. 3.62 History
Laura O'Neill Yale Sr. Milton, Mass. 3.72 Anthropology
Gina Rickert Iowa State Sr. Brooklyn Park, Minn. 3.96 Finance & Marketing (MBA)
Mary Varga Akron Sr. Tallmadge, Ohio 3.90 Education

** Verizon Academic All-America� of the Year

Second Team


NAME SCHOOL YR. HOMETOWN GPA MAJOR
Lisa Aguilera Arizona State Sr. Peoria, Ariz. 3.45 Finance
Allison Beckford Rice Sr. Savanna-la-Mar, Jam. 3.42 Kinesiology
Christina Billings Tennessee Jr. Madison, Wis. 4.00 Psychology
Kim Clark Kansas So. Elkhorn, Neb. 4.00 Biochemistry
Natalie Dye Maryland Sr. Baltimore, Md. 3.97 Biochemistry
Alice Falaiye Rice Sr. Brampton, Ontario 3.72 Policy Studies/Sociology
April Johnson Tulsa Sr. Fayetteville, Ark. 4.00 Marketing
Jessica Johnson Arkansas Sr. Dallas, Texas 3.71 Animal Science
Jamie Krzyminski Michigan State Jr. Corunna, Mich. 3.89 Finance
Karin Larsson Manhattan Jr. Garphyttan, Sweden 4.00 Marketing
Jenny Payne Stony Brook Sr. Cary, N.C. 3.85 Biology
Ellannee Richardson Washington State Gr. Gladstone, Ore. 3.67 Criminal Justice
Patricia Soman Ball State Sr. Arlington, Va. 3.79 Accounting
Julie Stefan Wisconsin Sr. Greenfield, Wis. 4.00 Elementary Education
Laura van Hoevelaak SE Missouri State Gr. Hamilton, Ontario 4.00 Health Management

Third Team


NAME SCHOOL YR. HOMETOWN GPA MAJOR
Aderonke Adeniyi Temple Jr. Lagos, Nigeria 3.80 Biochemistry
Christine Ahn Colorado State Jr. Santa Monica, Calif. 4.00 Psychology
Emma Allvin New Mexico State Jr. Gavle, Sweden 4.00 Sociology
Kelly Baker James Madison Jr. Fayetteville, Pa. 3.97 Modern Foreign Languages
Anne Bersagel Wake Forest So. Greeley, Colo. 3.94 Political Science
Bethany Brewster Wisconsin Sr. Freeland, Mich. 3.36 Human Dev./Family Studies
Amanda Felder Rice Sr. Houston, Texas 4.05 Mechanical Engineering
Perdita Felicien Illinois Sr. Pickering, Ontario 3.27 Kinesiology
Audrey Giesler Indiana Jr. Downers Grove, Ill. 3.98 Biology
Cheryl Harmon Nebraska Sr. Green River, Wyo. 3.91 Communication Studies
Brooke Lobue Utah Sr. Visalia, Calif. 3.92 Deaf Education
Natalie Quilter Southern Utah Jr. Kearns, Utah 4.00 Geography
Erin Sims Texas Sr. Pascagoula, Miss. 3.85 Art History
Tara Storage Dayton Sr. Beavercreek, Ohio 3.86 Chemical Engineering
Stephanie Ward Tennessee Tech Jr. London, Ky. 4.00 English/Spanish
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