Dudley Named Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for Track

June 17, 2003

Towson, Md. - Senior Eric Dudley (Bellingham, Wash.) of Washington State University, one of the top hurdlers in NCAA Division I, has been named as the Academic All-American of the Year as he tops an impressive list of selections to the 2002-2003 Verizon Academic All-America� University Division Men's Cross Country and Track team.

Dudley graduated Summa Cum Laude this May with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering major. He had a 3.97 GPA. The winner of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as well as a Pacific-10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, Dudley finished sixth in the 400m intermediate hurdles at the 2003 NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships, earning his second All-America certificate. A two-year team captain, Dudley placed fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 2003 West Regional and second at the Pacific-10 Conference with a lifetime-best time of 49.59 seconds, second-fastest in school history. In 2001, he was the 400m hurdles champion in Pac-10 and finished fifth in the NCAA Meet, earning All-American honors as well as a Verizon Academic All-American first team selection.

'This award recognizes strength and achievement in both academics and athletics,' Dudley said. 'It is difficult to be an academic All-American unless you have made some noise athletically and the award rewards the ability to balance the two. Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to earn All-American status in the hurdles and academically. Repeating that is a nice way to cap off the season.'

Dudley is one of ten members of the 17-person Verizon Academic All-American first team with a cumulative G.P.A. above 3.90. Senior Jonathan Brims (Musselbrook, Australia) of Stony Brook, senior Ryan Gorman (New Braunsfels, Texas) of Southwest Texas State, senior Christopher Hess (Glendale, Wis.) of the University of Wisconsin, senior Jon Kelley (Excelsior Springs, Mo.), senior Brian Rohrer (Vancouver, Wash.) of Alabama all made the first team with perfect 4.0 G.P.A.'s.

In addition, junior Adam Davis (Spring, Tex.) of Rice University was named to the first team with a 4.018 G.P.A. Davis, the Western Athletic Conference champion in the 800-meter run, has a double major in Economics and Kinesiology. He was also a member of the WAC champion 4x400 relay team.

Davis was one of five first team selections who moved up from the second team last year. Senior Daniel Conti (Hubbardston, Mass.) of Holy Cross, senior Nickie Peters (Belmont Village, St. Vincent) of Coppin State College, graduate student Luke Watson (Stillwater, Minn.) of Notre Dame and Rohrer of Alabama all made first team this season.

The University of Oregon was the only school with more than one student-athlete on the Academic All-America first team. Junior Ryan Andrus (Orem, Utah) and senior Santiago Lorenzo (Buenos Aires, Argentina) represented the Ducks. A Business major with a 3.98 G.P.A., Andrus was an All-American in cross country in addition to qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000-run. Lorenzo, an Exercise and Movement major with a 3.81 G.P.A., won the NCAA Championship in the decathlon in 2001.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selects Verizon Academic All-America� teams in 12 programs: football, women's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track & field/cross country, women's track & field/cross country, men's at-large and women's at-large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions. Football consists of just first and second teams.

2002-03 VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA UNIVERSITY DIVISIONMEN'S TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS

VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR - Eric Dudley, Sr., Washington State

FIRST TEAM


Name, School Cl. Hometown Major/G.P.A.
Ryan Andrus, VIII, U. of Oregon Jr. Orem, Utah Business/3.98
Blake Boldon, VII, SW Missouri State Sr. Osceola, Iowa Math Education/3.98
Jonathan Brims, I, Stony Brook Sr. Musselbrook, Australia Business/4.00
* Daniel Conti, I, Holy Cross Sr. Hubbardston, Mass. Mathematics/3.88
* Adam Davis, VI, Rice University Jr. Spring, Texas Economics, Kinesiology/4.018
Eric Dudley, VIII, Washington State Sr. Bellingham, Wash. Mechanical Engineering/3.97
** Ryan Gorman, VI, SW Texas State Sr. New Braunsfels, Texas Political Science/4.00
Christopher Hess, VII, U. of Wyoming Sr. Glendale, Wis. Exercise & Sport Sciences/4.00
Jon Kelley, VII, Missouri-Kansas City Sr. Excelsior Springs, Mo. Business/4.00
Santiago Lorenzo, VIII, U. of Oregon Sr. Buenos Aires, Argentina Exercise & Movement Sci./3.81
Goran Nava, III, Radford Jr. Castella Brianza, Italy Media Studies/3.90
* Nickie Peters, II, Coppin State College Sr. Belmont Village, St. Vincent Chemistry/3.78
* Brian Rohrer, IV, Univ. of Alabama Sr. Vancouver, Wash. Biology/4.00
** Adam Sutton, I, Providence College Sr. Preston, England Management/3.61
Darrell Tozier, VIII, California-Irvine Sr. El Granada, Calif. English & History/3.82
Brad Walker, VIII, U. of Washington Sr. Spokane, Wash. Business Administration/3.52
* Luke Watson, V, Notre Dame Gr. Stillwater, Minn. Accounting/3.54

SECOND TEAM


Name, School Cl. Hometown Major/G.P.A.
Derrick Butler, IV, Ohio State Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio Chemical Engineering/3.89
Brian Chaput, II, Pennsylvania Jr. East Haven, Conn. Communications/3.63
* Mike Deibler, I, Connecticut Sr. Monroe, N.Y. Sports & Leisure/3.62
Kwesi Frimpong-Boateng, I, Massachusetts Sr. Accra, Ghana Microbiology/3.55
Christian Goy, V, Illinois State Sr. Rheinsburg, Germany Management/3.47
Ben Hallett, IV, Kent State Sr. Norton, Ohio Industrial Technology/3.76
Dirk Homewood, VII, Northern Iowa Jr. Cedar Falls, Iowa Math. Education/3.72
Bryan Johnston, II, Bucknell Sr. Kane, Pa. Management/3.58
Adam Kaufman, II, Bucknell Sr. Bridgeton, N.J. Bio-Chemistry/3.94
Josh Landreth, VI, U. of Arkansas Sr. Elk City, Okla. Horticulture/3.90
Andrew Maloney, II, St. Francis So. Toronto, Ontario, Can. Management/3.96
Mike Mortensen, VIII, U. of Arizona Sr. West Chester, Ohio Mathematics & Statistics/3.78
* Josh Spiker, V, U. of Wisconsin Jr. Ventura, Cal. Business Management/3.42
John Stiegeler, VII, U. of Oregon Sr. Coos Bay, Ore. Education Leadership/3.76
Josh Watson, III, William & Mary Sr. New Martinsville, W. Va. Biology/3.94

THIRD TEAM


Name, School Cl. Hometown Major/G.P.A.
Ryan Bender, II, Duquesne So. Indiana, Pa. Pharmacy/3.98
Cyril Burguiere, VII, Montana State Sr. Whitefish, Minn. Civil Engineering/3.87
Ty Denby, III, Virginia Military Institute So. Scottsville, Va. Chemistry/4.00
Tim Fisher, II, Saint Joseph's Sr. Fayetteville, N.Y. Accounting/3.66
Michael Frater, VI, Texas Christian Jr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Political Science, 3.49
West Garrett, III, William & Mary Sr. Mathias, W. Va. Economics/3.65
Brandon Gulley, IV, Morehead State Jr. Flemingsburg, Ky. Radiologic Science/3.94
Rick Hill, III, Clemson Jr. Chapel Hill, N.C. Marketing/3.60
** Darren Hutchins, VI, Oklahoma Jr. Choctaw, Okla. Mathematics/3.88
Mikael Jakobbson, V, U. of Minnesota Jr. Orebro, Sweden Economics/3.77
Michael Lokale, III, Virginia Military Inst. Sr. Eldorer, Kenya Biology/3.78
Ben Orozco, VI, U. of Tulsa Jr. Kanopolis, Kan. Biology-Pre-Med/3.95
Prentice Stovall, V, Purdue Sr. Lafayette, Ind. Management/3.31

* 2nd team Academic All-American selection in 2002
** 3rd team Academic All-American in 2002.

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