Evans Named USTCA Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year

July 15, 2003

Daniel Lincoln of the University of Arkansas and Whitney Evans of Washington State University have been named the 2003 Men's and Women's Scholar-Athletes of the Year for NCAA Division I by the United States Track Coaches Association.

In addition, Arkansas' men's team and Florida's women's squad have been named all-academic teams of the year for 2003 for their combined grade-point averages and performances on the track.

The announcement was made by Ralph Lindeman, track coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy and outgoing president of the Division I coaches' group, following nominations by coaches of all athletes who had grade-point averages of 3.10 or better.

Lincoln, a native of Fayetteville, Ark., is pursuing a graduate degree in biochemistry and has a GPA of 3.85. He won NCAA titles last month in both the 10,000-meter run and the 3000-meter steeplechase at Cal State-Sacramento and a week later finished second in the steeplechase in the U.S. championships.

He was the first athlete to win the 10K and steeplechase in the same NCAA meet and also became the first American to win three straight steeple titles.

Lincoln already has been named Mondo men's track and field athlete of the year by the coaches' association.

Evans, a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will graduate with an M.B.A. next month from Washington State. She posted a 3.98 GPA while earning an undergraduate degree in finance and has a 3.93 GPA in the post-graduate program.

After fourth, third and second place finishes in the high jump in NCAA outdoor meets, Evans won the title this year at Cal State-Sacramento, clearing a personal record 6-1 1/4 for the win.

In addition to Lincoln, also named all-academic, with highest honors, was Brian Chaput of Penn State, who won the NCAA championship in the javelin throw and has a 3.57 GPA.

In addition to Evans, female athletes named all-academic, with highest honors, included Alice Schmidt of North Carolina, who won the NCAA 800-meter run and has a grade point of 3.61, and Deshaya Williams of Penn State, the NCAA discus throw champ who has a GPA of 3.38.

Four men's athletes posted 4.0 grade-point averages to top the list: Steve Holland of Long Beach State, Ben Marvin of Colorado State, Gustavo Rehder of Arkansas State, Casey Thom of Nebraska and Jaanus Uudmae of Arkansas.

Twenty-one women also had perfect grade-point averages. They are Christine Ahn of Colorado State, Jennifer Bybee of Missouri, Kim Clark of Kansas, Tia DeSoto of Nebraska, Corrie Drakulich of Georgia, Jeanna Fascione of Kent State, Jessie Gordon of Arkansas, Haley Hunt of Colorado State, Sarah Klein of Iowa State, Valerie Lauver of Missouri, Megan Manthe of Kansas, Zanta Marble of Georgia State, Celly Martinez of Georgia, Danielle McNaney of Liberty, Jennifer Modliszewski of North Carolina State, Cara Nichols of Western Kentucky, Daniela Pogorzelski of Idaho, Serena Ramsey of Missouri, Ann Snider of Missouri, Maureen Scott of Arkansas and Julie Stefan of Wisconsin.

Arkansas men, Florida women top teams in athletics and academics

The University of Arkansas men's team, with a cumulative 3.10 grade-point average, has been named the Men's All-Academic Team of the Year for 2003. Coach John McDonnell's team won both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships this past season.

Florida's women's team, coached by Tom Jones and Lance Harter, has been named the Women's All-Academic Team of the Year for 2003 off its 3.28 team grade-point average, its runner-up finish at the NCAA indoor meet, and fourth-place finish at the outdoor championships.

Arkansas and Florida had the best finishes in NCAA competition, either indoors or outdoors, among those teams with cumulative grade-points better than 3.00.

Other men's teams with high GPAs that finished in the top 20 in the team scoring were Florida, sixth, with a 3.003 GPA, and Pennsylvania, 11th, with a 3.04 GPA. Women's top-20 teams with 3.0 or better grade-point averages were Nebraska, fifth, with a 3.182; Arkansas, 19th, with a 3.255; and Idaho, 20th, with a 3.28.

The top 10 men's teams with cumulative grade-point averages above 3.0 were: Rice (3.32), St. Francis (3.263), Dartmouth (3.22), Davidson (3.22), William & Mary (3.198), Drake (3.168), Quinnipiac (3.167), Miami of Florida (3.166), Oklahoma State (3.163) and Syracuse (3.155).

The top 10 women's teams were: Bradley (3.46), Indiana State (3.44), Coastal Carolina (3.424), Brigham Young (3.37), Marquette (3.361), Iona (3.30), Mississippi State (3.30), Montana State (3.30), Missouri (3.294) and Dartmouth (3.29).

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