Pac-10 Announces Fall Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Presented by Toyo Tires

Dec. 8, 2009


WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The Pacific-10 Conference has named the fall Scholar-Athletes of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires®. These awards have been established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. 

The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for winter include:

Mike Nixon, Arizona State - Football, 4.07 - Political Science
Jill Collymore, Washington - Volleyball, 3.77 - Honors Digital Arts & Honors Psychology
Brandon Bethke, Arizona State - Men's cross country, 3.47 - Interdisciplinary Studies
Nicole Blood, Oregon - Women's cross country, 3.49 - Journalism
Rylan Hawkins, Washington - Men's soccer, 3.92  - Computer Engineering
Ali Riley, Stanford University - Women's soccer, 3.82  - Psychology

'Toyo is proud to support the Pac-10 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts,' said Steve Hutchinson, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation. 'By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders.'

In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-10 institution nominates one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season.  The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-10's 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country,  football, men's golf, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's rowing, women's rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field, women's volleyball, and wrestling.

Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.

'We are most appreciative to Toyo and for their sponsorship in partnering with the Pac-10 to recognize the outstanding achievements of these student-athletes,' said Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-10. 'These young men and women, who exemplify the true meaning of the term student-athlete, are to be saluted for their superior performance both in the classroom and in athletic competition.'

The Pac-10 Conference, in cooperation with Pac-10 corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the 'Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires' during the 2009-10 academic year.


Other nominees included: 

Footballl: Taylor Kavanaugh, OSU; Toby Gerhart, STAN; Alterraun Verner, UCLA; Jeff Byers, USC; Paul Homer, WASH; Kenny Alfred, WSU.
Volleyball: Nevena Djordjevic, ORE; Bree Knitter, OSU; Janet Okogbaa, STAN; Kaitlin Sather, UCLA; Alli Hillgren, USC; Jackie Albright, WSU.
Men's Cross Country: Marco Anzures, UCLA; Jake Schmitt, WASH.
Women's Cross Country: Ali Kielty, ASU; Jenny O'Conner, OSU; Kate Niehaus, STAN; Katherine Ellis, USC; Katie Follett, WASH; Lisa Egami, WSU.
Men's Soccer: Justin Wodward, OSU; John Moore, STAN; Kyle Nakazawa, UCLA.
Women's Soccer: Liz Harkin, ASU; Gina Pellegrini, CAL; Danielle Sweeney, ORE; Rachel Axon, OSU; Veronica Perez, WASH; Kiersten Dallstream, WSU.

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