Three Cougs Named Verizon Dist. VIII Academic All-America

May 23, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Cicely Clinkenbeard, Whitney Evans and Randi Smith have been named to the 2002 Verizon Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American teams for District VIII as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Clinkenbeard and Evans are first team selections while Smith was named to the second team. All three are nationally ranked competitors who will be competing at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next week at Baton Rouge, La.

Clinkenbeard, a redshirt senior from Okanogan, Wash., is a graduate student in Communications with a 3.93 GPA. She claimed second place at Pac-10 Championships in the triple jump with NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 42-5 1/2 (12.94m) after a third-place finish in the heptathlon with an NCAA PQ total of 5,456 points which is fourth-best in school history. Clinkenbeard is a All-American triple jumper having placed in the top 16 at the NCAAs in 1998, 1999 and 2000. She was the Pac-10 triple jump champ in 1999, and placed second in 1998 and 2000. Off the track, Clinkenbeard was a first team Pac-10 All-Academic and District VIII Academic All-American in 2000, was named one of WSU's Top 12 Student-Athletes for 2002, is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and was named a 2002 first team Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar. In completing her career at WSU, Clinkenbeard was voted the by fellow student-athletes the 2002 WSU PROWL Award winner (NCAA Lifeskills program). In addition, she was named a 2002 WSU Senior Excellence (graduates with a 3.5 GPA or better) Award winner and is the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Post Graduate Scholarship winner. She is currently nationally ranked 19th in the triple jump and eighth in the heptathlon.

Evans is a redshirt junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with a 3.98 GPA in her Finance major. She is a five-time All-American with four in the high jump, one in the heptathlon, and just successfully defended her Pac-10 Championship high jump title with a 2002 first place finish and clearance of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m). Evans finished third at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships in the high jump with a clearance of 6-0 (1.83m). She is currently ranked sixth nationally with a high jump mark of 5-11 3/4. Her top high jump mark of 6-0 1/2 is second in school all-time standings. Evans was named to the 2001 Verizon National Academic All-American third team after her District VIII Academic All-American first team selection.

Smith is a senior from Valencia, Calif., majoring in Zoology with a 3.58 GPA. She holds the school record in the 400m hurdles (57.07 seconds). At the Pac-10 Championships last weekend, Smith finished third in the intermediate hurdles and seventh in the 100m hurdles. She also ran on both the 400m and 1600m relays which finished third. She has made two trips to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles but did not advance from the preliminary heats in either 2000 or 2001. In 2000, she placed second at US Junior Nationals and advanced to World Juniors at Santiago, Chile. Smith is currently ranked 10th nationally in the 400m hurdles with a time of 57.61 seconds. She was named a 2002 WSU President's Award winner for her leadership and service to the campus and community.

In order to be eligible for Academic All-American 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 District VIII first team student-athletes (10) advance to the Verizon All-American national ballot with the final teams announced June 20, 2002.

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