Huskies Place Record 33 on Pac-10 All-Academic Track and Field Team

June 18, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - A record 33 Washington athletes were named to the 2003 Pac-10 All-Academic Track and Field squads, including six first-team and five second-team selections, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday. The UW list includes one NCAA champion, two Pac-10 champions and seven of the team's nine 2003 NCAA Championships competitors.

The team's six first-team honorees were third-most in the Pac-10, while its five second-teamers equaled the conference's second-highest total. To be eligible, athletes must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, have completed at least one year of school, and be a significant contributor.

Three Husky men earned first-team accolades, including pole vaulter Brad Walker (3.52 GPA, business administration), sophomore hurdler Brandon Bailey (3.78, psychology) and second-year sprinter Nik Williams (3.70, architecture). Walker was also a first-team honoree last season, and was named this week to the Verizon Academic All-America first-team as well. Both Bailey and Williams are first-time honorees.

Walker won the 2003 NCAA indoor title with a Pac-10 record vault of 19 feet, 0 1/4 inch that equaled the third-best indoor vault in the world this year. Bailey, a graduate of Lacey, Wash.'s North Thurston High School, was a Pac-10 qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles with a team-leading mark of 53.25 seconds, while Williams, of Lake Stevens High School in Marysville, ran on the team's 4x100-meter relay at the Pac-10 meet.

The UW women matched the men with three first-team honorees, including NCAA All-American Heather Reichmann. The King's High School graduate, a second-team Pac-10 honoree in 2002, paired a seventh-place performance at the national meet with a 3.72 GPA in the UW's master's teaching program to merit top academic honors in 2003.

Joining Reichmann on the first team were junior steepler Kate Spigel (3.68, business administration), the UW record-holder; and sophomore Angela Wishaar (3.80, classics), whose 1,500-meter best of 4:39.04 was a Pac-10 qualifier. While Wishaar is a first-time honoree, the first-team academic honor is the second this year for Spigel, who also earned first-team mention to the Pac-10 All-Academic cross-country squad in the fall.

The Huskies' six first-teamers were joined by five second-team honorees, including NCAA Championships competitors Todd Arnold (3.36, English), Kate Bradshaw (3.29, psychology) and Courtney Inman (3.42, business administration).

Inman, who matched her second-team placing of a year ago, earned All-America honors in the 1,500 meters at last week's NCAA Championships, clocking the 12th-fastest time ever by an NCAA runner during the collegiate season. She was joined at the national meet by 2000 Pac-10 10,000-meter champ Bradshaw, who capped an outstanding career with 25th-place finish in the 10K, and Arnold, the fourth-place 800-meter runner at the 2003 NCAA Regional Championships.

Both Bradshaw and Arnold earned honorable mention to the 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic team.

Rounding out the second-team were sophomores Camille Connelly (3.72, biology) and Andy Fader (3.41, pre-major), both of whom competed at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships.

2003 Pac-10 All-Academic Track and Field Teams

Men's First TeamName Yr. GPA MajorMark Anderson, ARIZ Jr. 3.82 BiochemistryRyan Andrus, ORE Jr. 3.98 Business AdministrationBrandon Bailey, WASH So. 3.78 PsychologyJohn Burke, CAL Sr. 3.58 Molecular and Cell BiologyMartin Conrad, CAL Sr. 3.60 History/Political ScienceEric Dudley, WSU Sr. 4.00 Mechanical EngineeringTim Gehring, WSU Jr. 3.60 AccountingIan Johnson, WSU Jr. 4.00 General LinguisticsSantiago Lorenzo, ORE Sr. 3.81 Exercise/Movement ScienceNick Mazur, CAL Sr. 3.56 Political ScienceMichael Mortensen, ARIZ Jr. 3.96 RussianJustin Nikbakhsh-Tali, WSU Sr. 3.93 AccountingAaron Powell, ARIZ So. 4.00 General BiologyJohn Stiegeler, ORE Sr. 3.76 Math Education/Pre-DentalAdam Tenforde, STAN Sr. 3.87 Human BiologyBrad Walker, WASH Sr. 3.52 Business AdministrationNik Williams, WASH So. 3.70 ArchitectureTrevor Woods, ORE Jr. 3.73 AccountingAndrew Young, ORE Fr. 3.73 Undeclared

Men's Second TeamName Yr. GPA MajorTodd Arnold, WASH Jr. 3.36 EnglishJon Balzer, CAL So. 3.43 Civil EngineeringBruce Bridges, ARIZ Jr. 3.50 FinanceThad Cullinan, WSU So. 3.72 UndeclaredJay DeGroot, ASU So. 3.51 BioengineeringKevin Engelhardt, ARIZ Jr. 3.47 BiochemistryAndy Fader, WASH So. 3.41 UndeclaredEvan Fox, STAN So. 3.58 Earth SystemsOmer Inan, STAN Sr. 3.30 Electrical EngineeringSean Knapp, STAN Jr. 3.36 Computer ScienceHarrison Lee, USC Sr. 3.50 CinemaMilton Little, STAN Sr. 3.35 BiologyJohn Lucas, ORE Jr. 3.40 PsychologyMatt McGee, WSU Sr. 3.26 PhilosophyKevin Rabsatt, USC Sr. 3.38 EngineeringJeremy Rasmussen, ASU Sr. 3.32 Computer Info. SystemsGreg Ross, CAL So. 3.56 Business AdministrationRobert Smitson, STAN RFr. 3.66 Human BiologyPhilip West, STAN Jr. 3.56 EngineeringJustin Williams, STAN Jr. 3.46 Economics

Honorable Mention (Washington only)Blake Bidleman (So.), Ben Koss (Sr.), Mark Mandi (So.), Fumi Nagahisa (So.),
Jeremy Park (Sr.), Andrew Robinson (So.), John Russell (Jr.), Phil Tabor (So.),
Brendan Tuohy (Jr.).

Women's First TeamName Yr. GPA MajorLisa Aguilera, ASU Sr. 3.45 FinanceMelissa Astete, USC So. 3.88 BusinessKelly Burke, ASU So. 3.86 BroadcastingJulie Corbett, WSU So. 4.00 UndeclaredKitty Currier, STAN Jr. 3.87 BiologyWhitney Evans, WSU Sr. 3.93 FinanceErinn Gulbrandsen, ORE Jr. 3.73 EnglishBeth Hoge, ARIZ Jr. 3.85 Nutritional ScienceGail Larsen, UCLA Jr. 3.72 BiologyRoslyn Lundeen, ORE So. 3.91 PsychologyEri Macdonald, ORE Sr. 3.70 JournalismHeather Murtaugh, ORE Sr. 3.92 Exercise/Movement ScienceChelsea Powell, ARIZ So. 3.88 Media ArtsHeather Reichmann, WASH Sr. 3.72 Master's TeachingEllannee Richardson, WSU Sr. 3.67 Criminal JusticeKristen Riley, ORE Jr. 3.83 FrenchCody Sohn, ASU Sr. 3.67 AnthropologyKate Spigel, WASH Jr. 3.68 Business AdministrationAngela Wishaar, WASH So. 3.80 Classics

Women's Second TeamName Yr. GPA MajorCynthia Atencio, ASU Jr. 3.65 AnthropologyBrooke Baires-Irvin, CAL Sr. 3.52 Political ScienceLeila Ben-Youssef, STAN Jr. 3.63 Human BiologyKate Bradshaw, WASH Sr. 3.29 PsychologyCamille Connelly, WASH So. 3.72 BiologyDonielle Colich, STAN Jr. 3.60 PsychologyJessica Corkill, ARIZ Jr. 3.59 Pre-Physiological SciencesStephanie Cowling, CAL Jr. 3.55 SociologyKathleen Donoghue, STAN Sr. 3.65 ArtNicole Gurnicz, ARIZ Jr. 3.67 AccountingCourtney Inman, WASH Sr. 3.42 Business AdministrationAmanda Lyon, ASU RFr. 3.77 Pre-BusinessMolly Meter, STAN Jr. 3.67 Earth SystemsHannah Moore, ORE So. 3.78 ArchitectureRebecca Nott, ARIZ Sr. 3.59 Teaching/Teacher EducationShannon Rance, WSU Jr. 3.59 Health-Fitness EducationLeora Ward, CAL Sr. 3.52 Political ScienceBrianna Willis, WSU Sr. 3.55 EducationCarmen Winant, UCLA So. 3.77 Art

Honorable Mention (Washington only)Jamara Alexander (Sr.), Mary Beeman (Jr.), Sidney Brown (So.), Kendra Caprye (So.),
Carly Dockendorf (RFr.), Lindsey Egerdahl (So.), Kameko Gay (Sr.),
Jamie Gibbs (So.), Alexis Jaime (Jr.), Rianna Moore (Jr.), Mia Norheim (So.),
Kate Soma (So.), Kathryn Touran (So.).

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