July 16, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Seven Washington State University track and field student-athletes and the women's track and field team received national recognition for academic excellence among NCAA Division I institutions from the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
WSU women student-athletes honored were javelin thrower Lynnea Braun (junior, Yakima, Wash.), middle distance runner Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, British Columbia), distance runner Isley Gonzalez (senior, Sunnyside, Wash.), pole vaulter Alexa Huestis (sophomore, Chehalis, Wash.), and steeplechaser Sara Trané (senior, Pixbo, Sweden). Trané was a three-time USTFCCCA all-academic selection while Egami has been honored twice. There were 531 women student-athletes representing 146 Division I institutions that composed the women's 2009 All-Academic team.
The Cougar women's team reached a cumulative grade point average of 3.260 which placed it in a tie for 59th among the 130 women's teams honored, and was the fourth highest Pacific-10 Conference school honored.
Two Cougar men were among the record total of 327 men representing 107 DI institutions named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team for 2009. Hurdler Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City, Wash.) and distance runner Drew Polley (senior, Port Orchard, Wash.) were honored with this being the second consecutive year for Leavitt to be named to the national team.
To be nominated for the USTFCCCA team honors, a team must carry a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade point average. To be considered for the individual recognition, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Div. I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard, or the NCAA Div. I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.