Nineteen Track & Field Athletes Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

June 1, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Men's and Women's Track and Field All-Academic teams were announced Tuesday by Commissioner Tom Hansen. Nineteen Wildcat track and field athletes were honored as first team, second team or honorable mention selections. A student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

The Arizona women had six athletes named first team selections. Sophomore Megan Cassidy (pole vault) led the way as the only selection with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Joining Cassidy on the first team were seniors Connie Jerz (pole vault) , Ruth Schmidt (javelin) and Kate Yee (pole vault), and juniors Chelsea Powell (hurdles/relays) and Amanda Underwood (heptathlon). Jerz will compete at the 2004 NCAA Championships in the pole vault.

The second team included Wildcat juniors Jessica Corkill (heptathlon) and Whitney Schauer (pole vault) and senior Amber Varner (throw). Three Arizona women also earned honorable mention selections. They included senior Jackilyn Drake (throws), junior Sharifa Jones (hurdles/long jump/relays) and junior Lindsay Scarborough (hurdles/relays).

The Wildcat men had seven selections to the all-academic team. Senior Bruce Bridges (sprints/relays), sophomore Sam Jacobson (pole vault) and senior Ryan Moore (throws) were named to the second team. Four Arizona men earned honorable mentions, including: junior Chris Chappell (pole vault), senior Kevin Opalka (pole vault), junior Mark Ramos (long jump) and senior Adrain Thomas (sprints/relays).

The 2004 track and field season concludes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas. The meet runs June 9-12.

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