14 Named Academic All-Americans
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its Capital One Academic All-America Division I Track & Field/Cross Country teams on Thursday and 14 Pac-12 men's and women's student-athletes were among those recognized.
STANFORD had four student-athletes on the first team alone. Senior distance runner and 5,000-meter Pac-12 Champion Chris Derrick (Naperville, Ill.) was selected to the first team. He was also the 2012 Toyo Tires Pac-12 Men's Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Derrick was joined by his teammates Elliott Heath (Winona, Minn.) and Miles Unterreiner (Gig Harbor, Wash.). The Cardinals' junior Kathy Kroeger (Franklin, Tenn.) was voted first team on the women's side.
Also voted to the first team on the men's side was ARIZONA STATE's John Kline, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz. For the women, ARIZONA's Brigetta Barrett (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), the NCAA Champion and Pac-12 Champion in the high jump this year, was selected to the first team, with fellow OREGON juniors Jordan Hasay (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) and Anne Kesselring (Nurnberg, Germany) joining Barrett and Kroeger on the first team. Hasay was the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year as a sophomore in 2011 and is a two-time Pac-12 Champion in the 1,500-meter race and was the national runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Other Pac-12 student-athletes receiving Academic All-America nods were ASU's Jamie Sandys (Phoenix, Ariz.) and teammate junior Nick Happe (St. Charles, Mo.), who were named to the second and third teams, respectively. Arizona's Edgar Rivera-Morales (Agua Prieta, Mexico) was voted to the third team, as well.
On the women's all-academic team, Stanford's Arantxa King (Medford, Mass.), ASU's Cj Navarro (Mesa, Ariz.) and Oregon's Brianne Theisen (Humboldt, Sask.) were second-team honorees. A seven-time NCAA Champion, including three titles in the heptathlon, Theisen was the Pac-12's Women's Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.?
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
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