USTFCCCA Honors 98 Pac-10 Student-Athletes on All-Academic Track and Field Teams
July 15, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Oregon's Galen Rupp and Arizona State's Jason Lewis added to their collection of 2008-09 track & field hardware as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the 2009 Division I Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Scholar Athletes of the Year. Lewis was recognized as Indoor Field Scholar Athlete and Rupp garnered both Indoor and Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete honors. Fifty-six Pac-10 women student-athletes were among the record 530 qualifiers for the USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Track and Field Selections.
Rupp, a senior from Portland, Oregon earned the 2009 Division I Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year award after a strong outdoor campaign. Rupp's senior outdoor season was highlighted by national titles in the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His 20 points helped lead the Ducks to a second-place finish in the team standings.
As a business administration manager at Oregon, Rupp compiled a 3.890 cumulative GPA. He was named the 2009 USTFCCCA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year earlier this summer.
Rupp also earns the Division I Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year award after a legendary performance at the 2009 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. Rupp won individual titles in the 3000 meters and 5000 meters and anchored the Ducks' winning distance medley relay, the first person in history to win all three events at the same national championship. Rupp's heroics helped lead the Ducks to the indoor team title.
Rupp was named the 2009 USTFCCCA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year following the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Jason Lewis of Arizona State is the 2009 Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year after winning the weight throw at the 2009 Indoor Championships. A former walk-on, Lewis achieved a nearly three-foot personal best on his next-to-last attempt to win the individual title. He had the fourth-best mark in the event headed into the Championships.
A junior history major at Arizona State, Lewis has compiled a 3.690 cumulative GPA.
In addition to the Scholar Athletes of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the men's 2009 Division I All-Academic Track and Field team. A record total of 327 student-athletes representing 107 Division I institutions made up the men's 2009 All-Academic team.
The Big 12 Conference led all conferences with 46 selections, with the Pacific-10 Conference following closely with 42 selections. Oregon led all Pac-10 teams with 11 student-athletes on the team.
The USTFCCCA also announced the women's 2009 Division I All-Academic Track and Field team. A record total of 530 student-athletes representing 146 Division I institutions composed the women's 2009 All-Academic team.
The Pacific-10 Conference led all conferences with 56 selections, with the Big 12 Conference following with 50 selections. The Southeastern Conference had 48 women's student-athletes earn All-Academic honors. Oregon again led the Pac-10 with 16 selections, trailed by Stanford with 14.
The USTFCCCA honors Division I individuals for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.