Three Cougars Named to Verizon/CoSIDA District Academic All-America Teams

May 22, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Three Washington State University student-athletes have been named Verizon Academic All-Americans for Spring At-Large Teams in District VIII.

Eric Dudley and Whitney Evans, from WSU's track and field team, were selected to the District VIII men's and women's first teams while Cougar tennis player, Erica Perkins, earned second team honors.

Dudley, a junior from Bellingham, Wash., won the 400m intermediate hurdles title and placed eighth in the 110m high hurdles at the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships last weekend. His 400m hurdles time of 50.53 seconds is the fourth fastest in school history and ranks 17th fastest nationally. Dudley has a 3.95 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in mechanical engineering and is a member of the honors college at WSU. This is the second time Dudley has been named to the District Academic All-America team.

Evans, a redshirt sophomore from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, won the high jump title and finished in second place in the heptathlon at this year's Pac-10 Track & Field Championships. In the current national rankings, she is fourth in the high jump and 11th in the heptathlon. Evans is a three-time All-American majoring in business and carries a 3.99 cumulative GPA.

Perkins, a junior from Seattle, Wash., is a second-team All-Pac-10 selection and ranked 36th nationally in singles. She recorded 24 wins this season and ranks fourth all-time at WSU with 68 career singles wins. Her current season ended at the first round of the NCAA Individual Championships at Stone Mountain, Ga., Tuesday. Last week Perkins was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship winner for the Northwest Region. The award is given to a player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. Perkins has a 3.93 GPA and is majoring in history.

The Verizon Men's and Women's University Division District VIII Spring At-Large Teams are selected by voting of the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher and be in at least the second year of participation at the school and be an important squad member. The sports in the Spring At-Large category include golf, tennis, lacrosse, indoor/outdoor track and field, rowing (women), volleyball (men), and water polo (women). Ten student-athletes are selected for first team honors and ten for second team accolades.

The District VIII first team student-athletes advance to the Verizon All-America national ballot with that team announced June 14, 2001.

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