Eleven Beavers Named to Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Team

July 30, 2009


Eleven Oregon State student-athletes have been named to the 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar team, Diverse Issues of Higher Education announced recently.

Laura-Ann Chong (gymnastics), Marsha Lampi (track and field), Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson (track and field), Jon Young (men’s crew) and Katy Tai (women’s crew) were selected to the first team while Cameron Collins (football) and Aaron Nichols (football) received second team honors. Brandon Hardin (football), Wilder McAndrews (football) and Najma Homidi (women’s soccer) were third team honorees and Abby Chesimet (track and field) was fourth team.

Chong, a senior-to-be from Coquitlam, B.C., earned second team All-Pac-10 honors on the balance beam in 2009. She has career-best scores of 9.90 on the uneven bars and 9.925 on the balance beam. Chong recently represented OSU at the NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference.

Lampi, a junior from Portland, Ore., is Pac-10 All-Academic First Team selection in both cross country and track in field during the 2008-09 seasons. She was one of the 10 runners to represent the Beavers at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships and competed in the 5,000 meters with three other runners at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships.

Soza-Hodgkinson, a junior from Forest Ranch, Calif., tallied a Pac-10 All-Academic First Team nod after being one of the 10 Oregon State cross country runners to compete at the Pac-10 Championships in the fall. She also earned her first track and field Pac-10 All-Academic First Team accolade after competing in the 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 Championships. She set the fifth best 10,000 meter time in school history last season, finishing in 36:49.66.

Young, a senior from Salem, Ore., and Tai, a sophomore from Boise, Idaho, both missed the 2008-09 season due to injury. Prior to his injury, Young had been a key member of the Beavers’ Varsity 8+ for two years. His return this fall will be highly anticipated for a V8+ boat that featured five seniors at the IRA Championships in June. Tai rowed in the Second Novice 8+ as a freshman in 2008 and is expected to push for a position in the Second Varsity 8+ this fall.

Collins, a sophomore safety from Santa Monica, Calif., Nichols, a junior receiver from Honolulu, and Hardin, a sophomore cornerback from Honolulu, were all special teams standouts in 2008. McAndrews, also a junior from Honolulu, played through injury during most of the 2008 season at right tackle. All four are expected to vie for more playing time beginning Aug. 10 when fall camp opens.

Homidi, a senior from Fremont, Calif., returns to the pitch for her final season at OSU. She is the Beavers’ leading returning scorer after posting four goals and nine points as a junior. She has four career game-winning goals.

Chesimet, a sophomore from Astoria, Ore., earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors in both cross country and track. She made her first appearance at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, finishing seventh in her heat of the 1,500 meters. She earned one of the eight spots in cross country to compete at the NCAA West Regional.

To be a member of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar team individual must be undergraduate students of color who have made achieving academically and athletically a winning combination. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20.

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