Aug. 15, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University women's Track and Field team had the 12th-highest cumulative grade point average among NCAA Division I women's team for the 2005 season and have been honored by the United States Track Coaches Association, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Monday. In addition, eight WSU student-athletes were named to the 2005 All-Academic Teams by the Track Coaches Association.
The Cougar women's track team posted a 3.266 cumulative grade point average which was 12th-highest nationally and the highest among Pacific-10 Conference women's teams. There were 51 women's teams and 21 men's teams with a 3.00 GPA or higher honored as All-Academic teams.
The criteria for selection to the 2005 All-Academic Track and Field Teams included a grade point average of 3.25 or better and being an NCAA Regional Qualifier. WSU women's team members honored with selection included Haley Paul (1500m, freshman, Phoenix, Ariz.) with a 3.89 GPA, Kaylee Gardner (triple jump, sophomore, Bellingham, Wash.) with a 3.86 GPA, Rachel Bertholf (javelin, senior, Colbert, Wash.) with a 3.74 GPA, Meghan Leonard (steeplechase, freshman, Newberg, Ore.) with a 3.34 GPA, and Tamara Diles (pole vault, junior, Bellevue, Wash.) with a 3.30 GPA.
Cougar men named to the national Track Coaches All-Academic Team were Ryan Scott (javelin, redshirt freshman, Kalama, Wash.) with a 3.84 GPA, Drew Ulrick (discus, sophomore, Spokane, Wash.) with a 3.47 GPA, and Alex Grant (steeplechase, sophomore, Bellingham, Wash.) with a 3.29 GPA.