Twenty-one Ducks Honored on Pac-10 Spring All-Academic Teams

June 19, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Twenty-one University of Oregon student-athletes were honored by the Pac-10 on its All-Academic teams for the spring sports of track and field, tennis, golf and softball, released Tuesday.

Leading the way on the first team for the men were three Duck track and field All-Americans - juniors Santiago Lorenzo (3.72/Exercise and Movement Science, Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Billy Pappas (3.70/Psychology, Azalea, Ore.), and sophomore John Stiegeler (3.83/Mathematics, Coos Bay, Ore.).

Lorenzo and Stiegeler were recent NCAA champions in the decathlon (7,889 points) and javelin (252-10, 77.07m), respectively, at the 2001 championships hosted by the University of Oregon, while Pappas finished eighth in the decathlon (7,488) after entering the meet seeded 16th. Lorenzo and Stiegeler were also honored recently as second-team Verizon Academic All-Americans for the national spring at-large sports category.

Other conference all-academic honorable mention selections for the men included junior pole-vaulter Cody Howell (Veneta, Ore.) and sophomore thrower James March (Hillsboro, Ore.).

On the women's side, junior heptathlete Jenny Kenyon (3.87/Educational Studies, Newbury Park, Calif.) earned first-team recognition, and sophomore middle-distance runner Eri Macdonald (3.64/Undeclared, Honolulu, Hawaii) and freshman distance runner Tara Struyk (3.72/Journalism, Edmonton, Alberta) claimed second-team distinctions.

Honorable mention selections included sophomores Jenny Brogdon (high jump, LaGrande, Ore.), Annie Davis (middle distances, Portland, Ore.), Janette Davis (sprints, Medford, Ore.), Jordan McDaniels (throws, North Bend, Wash.) and Georgette Moyle (pole vault, Beaverton, Ore.).

Three Oregon women's tennis players were also Pac-10 All-Academic selections. Sophomore Monika Gieczys (3.52/Business, Sopot, Poland) and junior Janice Nyland (3.47/Biology, Davis, Calif.) earned second team academic honors for the first time in their careers. Meanwhile, junior Adeline Arnaud (Irigny, France) made the honorable mention list for the second straight season. Gieczys finished last year with a 9-19 singles and 11-15 doubles record with Nyland. Nyland was 10-18 in singles play last season.

Senior Dawn Berry (3.79/General Studies, Calgary, Alberta) was Oregon's lone academic honoree among the two golf teams. Berry, who gained honorable mention status in 1999, was Oregon's No. 3 golfer in 2000-01 with a 79.3 strokes per round average. She tied for 31st at the Pac-10 Championships and tied for 13th at the Verizon 'Mo'morial.

Triawn Custer (3.26/Sociology, Salem, Ore.), the all-time home run leader at Oregon with 35, and Alyssa Laux (3.37/Sociology, Citrus Heights, Calif.) garnered first team Pac-10 All-Academic softball honors. Custer, a senior first baseman, finished the 2001 season with a team-best 33 RBI and scored 25 runs. Laux, a sophomore second baseman, led the team with a .353 batting average and was second in runs scored (33) and hits (65). She finished the season third on the team in doubles (7) and fourth in RBI (24). Sophomore outfielders Janell Bergstrom (El Dorado, Calif.) and Amber Hutchison (Lake Oswego, Ore.) were named honorable mention All-Academic.

See the Pacific-10 Conference web site ( for a conference release that includes a complete list of honorees.

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