Cabrera and Gehring Named CoSIDA Dist. VIII Academic All-Americans

June 3, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Ana Cabrera and Tim Gehring have been named to the respective 2004 CoSIDA Men's or Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American First Teams for District VIII as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Cabrera, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., carries a 3.94 GPA majoring in Communication and Spanish. She finished seventh in the 10,000m race at the Pac-10 Championships last month and ran a lifetime-best time in the 5000m at the 2004 Stanford Invitational (17:29.50). Last fall, Cabrera finished 25th at the conference cross country championships and 47th at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships. She was a Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection for cross country in 2002 and 2003, and for track and field in 2004. She won the 2003 Washington State Association of Broadcasters Scholarship.

Gehring, a fifth-year senior from Kettle Falls, Wash., graduated Cum Laude in May 2003 with a degree in business administration/accounting and a 3.63 GPA. He earned All-America honors in the shot put at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships. This spring Gehring threw the fourth-best shot put mark in school history, a distance of 63-feet, 6 inches. Last month Gehring took fifth place in both the shot put and hammer throw at 2004 Pac-10 Championships, and finished ninth in the shot put at the NCAA West Regional Meet. He was selected for an at-large berth in the shot put for the NCAA Championships next week at Austin. Gehring has earned Pac-10 All-Academic first team honors the past three years. At the conclusion of classes last month, he was selected the Cougar Pride Academic Salute honoree and was one of three seniors to receive WSU's PROWL/Team Care Award. Gehring was named WSU's male Pac-10 Medal Winner, awarded to one senior for the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

In order to be eligible for CoSIDA 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 CoSIDA All-American national ballot with the final teams announced the week of June 22, 2004.

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