Duck Sensation Galen Rupp Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® of the Year

July 7, 2009

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TOWSON, Md. -- Senior distance runner Galen Rupp of the University of Oregon hasbeen selected as the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A Business Administration major with a 3.89 G.P.A., Rupp was selected as the Academic All-America® of the Year award for the University Division. He is the first Track and Cross Country athlete to be named as the Academic All-America® of the Year in the University Division since the inception of the award in 1988. Rupp is just the second Pac-10 student-athlete ever to receive the honor by ESPN The Magazine, joining Stanford's Tommy Vardell who was honored in 1992.

Senior quarterback Greg Micheli of Mount Union College's NCAA Division III championship football team, who has a double major of Physics and Mathematics and a 3.84 G.P.A., was named as the Academic All-America® of the Year on the College level.

CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine combine to sponsor 24 Academic All-America programs on the University (NCAA Div. I) and College (NCAA Div. II, III, NAIA, Junior College) levels. For the University Division and the College Division, an Academic All-America® of the Year is selected. Rupp was chosen from a ballot which included 12 University Division candidates who had an average G.P.A. of 3.78.

A native of Portland, Ore., Rupp won six NCAA championships during the 2008-09 academic year. In November, he won the NCAA Division I individual cross country title as he led Oregon to the national team championship. He became the third Oregon runner to win the NCAA cross country individual championship, joining legends Steve Prefontaine and Alberto Salaza.

At the NCAA Indoor Track Championship Meet, Rupp won the Indoor 3,000-meter run and the Indoor 5,000-meter run. In addition, he ran the anchor leg on the Ducks' NCAA champion distance medley relay team. Led by Rupp, Oregon won its first NCAA Indoor Track national championship.

In June, Rupp won a pair of championships at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track Meet. By winning the national titles in the Outdoor 5,000-meter run and the Outdoor 10,000-meter run, he became the first student-athlete in nine years to win both NCAA titles in the same year. In addition, he helped Oregon tie for second place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Ducks' best finish in 25 years.

The first student-athlete in NCAA history to win six distance races at the national championships in the same year, Rupp set a University of Oregon record by earning 14 All-American honors in his collegiate career. Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Track and Cross Country first team three times, he set the United States record in the Indoor 5,000-meter run on February 13 with a time of 13:18.12.

A member of the United States Olympic team in 2008, he competed in the 10K run. As a senior, he won the Pacific-10 Conference cross country title as well as the Pac-10 championship in the Outdoor 10,000-meter run. At the USA Track and Field Championships in late June, Rupp won the USA 10K championship with a time of 27:52.53, earning a trip to Berlin for the IAAF World Championships as a member of Team USA.

'It is a great honor to receive the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® of the Year award,' said Rupp. 'The University of Oregon has provided me with a fantastic environment to succeed in the classroom and on the track.

'Since my time in elementary school, my parents have always stressed the importance of my education,' he added. 'They always made sure my schoolwork was done before I was allowed to play sports. I believe that it was the work ethic and value in education that they instilled in me that has guided me throughout my time at the University of Oregon. It has been my privilege to have represented the University of Oregon as a student-athlete and I'm extremely grateful to ESPN The Magazine and CoSIDA for choosing me as the Academic All-America® of the Year.'

Rupp also said, 'I have always taken great pride in my schoolwork and challenged myself as much as possible throughout my academic career. Whether it is on the track or in the classroom, I always strive to do my best.'

The Academic All-America® of the Year award, which began in 1987-88, is presented to the most outstanding student-athlete of the year and is chosen from the student-athletes who have been awarded Team Member of the Year honors. From over 360,000 student-athletes in the nation, just 816 are selected as Academic All-America® Team members each year, 24 are selected as Team Members of the Year and two are named Academic All-America® of the Year.

'Every year, there are more than 12,000 outstanding Scholar-Athletes nominated for Academic All- America® recognition in 24 programs,' said Bentley University's Dick Lipe, the chairman of the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Committee. 'The Academic All-America® of the Year awards are the epitome of what it means to be a successful Scholar-Athlete. It is an incredible honor to be selected as the best of the best and we congratulate Galen and Greg on their remarkable awards.'

ESPN The Magazine also named Michael Leake, ASU, Academic All-America of the Year for baseball.

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