Rachel Bertholf Named to Academic All-American Team

June 3, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Rachel Bertholf has been named to the 2004-05 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team for University Division Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Bertholf, a senior javelin thrower from Colbert, Wash. (Mt. Spokane High), graduated from Washington State last month with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a 3.74 grade point average.

Bertholf, the 2005 WSU women's team captain, will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next week at Sacramento. She recently finished fourth in the javelin at the Pac-10 Championships and placed fifth at the NCAA West Regional meet. Her lifetime-best javelin throw of 164-feet, 4inches (50.90m) is second-farthest in WSU history and 10th-best in Pacific-10 Conference history.

She was a Cougar Pride Salute (top 12 student-athletes at WSU) honoree for both the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years. Bertholf also won the 2005 Senior Excellence in Academics Award as presented by Avista, and the 2005 PROWL Team CARE Award for community service and support of WSU Lifeskills program.

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 later in the month.

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