Chelsea VanDeBrake Named to All-Academic Team

June 3, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Chelsea VanDeBrake was named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII for University Division Women's Track & Field/ Cross Country Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

VanDeBrake, a senior from Yakima, Wash., graduated from WSU with a 3.95 Grade Point Average in Education. During the 2009 cross country season, she was the second Cougar woman finisher in every race. She placed 117th at the ISU Pre-Nationals meet, 47th at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, and 82nd at the NCAA West Regionals. VanDeBrake was named to the Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic first team for three consecutive years. On the track, she ran a personal-record time in the 10,000 meters of 36:10.24 at Mt. SAC Relays; this time is fifth-best in WSU all-time marks. She also finished 20th in 10k at Pac-10 Championships. Van DeBrake was one of 14 WSU student-athletes honored with Senior Excellence in Academics Award.

To be eligible for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a significant contributor to the team, and be in at least their second season at their current school. District VIII includes schools in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia. The complete list of student-athletes can be found at www.CoSIDA.com. The District VIII first team student-athletes advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national ballot with the final teams announced later this month.

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District® Women's Track & Field/Cross Country TeamsDistrict 8 Winners University DivisionFIRST TEAMAllix Lee-Painter Idaho Sr. Moscow, Idaho 3.86 English, Secondary EducationNicole Blood Oregon Sr. Saratoga Spgs, NY 3.47 JournalismK.C. Dahlgren Idaho Sr. Missoula, Mont. 3.63 Sport ScienceAlyssa Abbott Utah Jr. Reno, Nev. 3.85 Exercise and Sport ScienceMaike Holthuijzen Idaho Sr. Boise, Idaho 3.94 Ecology, Conservation BiologyErin Stratton Utah State Sr. Aurora, Colo. 3.98 Exercise ScienceClaire Michel Oregon Jr. Clackamas, Ore. 3.92 Romance Languages/Intl BusinessAngela Spadafino Arizona State Sr. Torrance, Calif. 3.93 Business CommunicationMattie Bridgmon Oregon Sr. Laramie, Wyo. 3.78 Human PhysiologyCj Navarro Arizona State So. Mesa, Ariz. 3.84 Secondary Education (Mathematics)Chelsea VanDeBrake Washington State Sr. Yakima, Wash. 3.95 EducationEleni Kafourou Boise State Sr. Athens, Greece 3.32 Civil EngineeringStephen Wilson Santa Clara Jr. San Jose, Calif. 3.89 English

SECOND TEAMCecily Lemmon-Lew Brigham Young Sr. Vacaville, Calif. 3.58 Print JournalismKaitlin Gregg UC Davis Sr. Davis, Calif. 3.78 International Relations/EconomicsBrianne Theisen Oregon Jr. Humboldt, Sask. 3.37 Business AdministrationMissy Barclay Long Beach State Sr. San Diego, Calif. 3.77 Studio ArtRyann Krais UCLA So. Eagleville, Pa. 3.75 UndeclaredDominique' Maloy Arizona State Jr. Pahrump, Nev. 3.30 Elementary EducationCasey Masterson Oregon State Sr. Eugene, Ore. 3.99 Exercise and Sports ScienceKarinne Bentley Utah Valley Sr. St. George, Utah 3.89 Exercise Science

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