Pac-12 leadership award announced

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Leslie Mak, a 2012 graduate from Oregon State's gymnastics team, and Greg Woodburn a 2012 graduate from USC's track and field team, have been named recipients for the 2012 Pac-12 Leadership Award, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Mak, a native of Portland Ore., graduated in June 2012 with a degree in marketing and a minor in French. Mak was a two-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and held the offices of community service representative and vice president. She was a four-year letterwinner on the gymnastics team. Mak, a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier was a two-time first team All-American. Mak was the 2012 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and a 2012 Tom Hansen Medal recipient. She was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic second team honoree.

A member of the track and field team for four years, Woodburn graduated in May 2012 with a history major and a double minor in entrepreneurship and painting. Woodburn was a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. From 2009-2012 he was the men's track and field team SAAC senator, as well as an executive board member from 2010-12. The 2011-12 track and field distance captain, Woodburn was awarded the Willis O. Hunter award given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team for 2011 and 2012.

The Pac-12 Leadership Award is selected by members of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and is a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship designed to recognize leadership and service on student-athlete advisory committees at Pac-12 member institutions. Applicants were required to be in their final year of intercollegiate athletics eligibility during the 2011-12 academic year and were on track to graduate in the 2011-12 academic year when nominated.

Also nominated: Ainsley Oliver, Arizona; Austen Thompson, Arizona; Hillary Bach, Arizona State; Jamie Sandys, Arizona State; Josh Heidegger, Oregon; Kyndal Robarts, Utah; Sarah Martinez, Washington.

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