Academic Success -- The Team is Fifth in the Nation

April 21, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - The Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association has recognized the Oregon State University women's program as having the fifth-highest grade point average in the nation. The 24-member roster achieved a 3.598 cumulative GPA for fall term, the highest in the Pac-10 Conference.

'This is truly a special accomplishment for this team,' head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'We continuously talk about being a student-athlete at this university and this gives us a strong indication that we are on the right track. I have been proud of this team all year.'

Nine members of the team were honored for their achievements in the classroom by the Pac-10 Conference in mid-November. Junior Jamie Fuller (Philomath) and freshman Michelle Wilson (Hermiston) were named to the first team, and sophomore Ashley Younce (Portland) was a second team selection. Honorable mention honors went to juniors Erin Clark (Prineville), Stacey Fischer (Molalla), Katie Magnuson (White Bear Lake, MN), and freshmen Nicole Crawford (Grand Junction, Colo.), Allie Schroeder (Portland), and Kelsea Schwing (Bend).

'To be great at any endeavor you have to do the little things, and that includes performing in class, being socially responsible, and understanding the dynamics of being a Division I caliber student-athlete in the Pac-10 Conference,' Sullivan added. 'I like the direction of this program and I look forward to a promising future.'

The Beaver cross country program returned to intercollegiate competition in 2004 after being discontinued after the 1987 season.

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