June 2, 2011
PULLMAN -- Washington State's Chelsea VanDeBrake and Justin Englund were named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District 8 for University Division Track & Field/ Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
VanDeBrake, distance specialist from Yakima, Wash., was one of 10 women named to the All-District 8 first team. This was the second consecutive year she has been voted to the All-District first team. VanDeBrake graduated from WSU with a 3.95 Grade Point Average in education in December 2010 and has been a graduate student this spring with a 4.00 GPA. Although VanDeBrake spent the Fall semester student teaching, she was the runner-up in the 39th Annual Portland Marathon, Oct. 10, in Portland, Ore., making her debut in the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 52 minutes, 22 seconds. Back in Pullman and on the oval during the indoor season, VanDeBrake ran a 3000m time of 9:37.10i which is sixth-best all-time at WSU, and a 5000m time of 16:45.81i which is ninth-best in school history. During the 2011 outdoor season, she ran a personal-record time in the 10,000 meters of 35:14.27 at the Stanford Invitational, the second-best time in WSU history. She finished 12th in 10k and 27th in the 5k at 2011 Pac-10 Championships. VanDeBrake received a WSU Senior Excellence in Academics Award.
Englund, a junior distance runner from Federal Way, Wash., was one of 11 men named to the All-District 8 second team. Englund has a 3.94 GPA in mathematics, is a member of the WSU Honors College, was named the Bell Outstanding Freshman award for mathematics in the spring of 2009, and earned the highly honored Julie Kerr Scholarship in mathematics. During the 2010 cross country season he finished 25th in 10k at NCAA West Regional in a time of 30:39.86 and earned USTFCCCA All-Region team honors. Englund was named to Pac-10 All-Academic first team.
To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America honors a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a significant contributor to the team, and be in at least their second season at their current school. District VIII includes schools in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia. The complete list of student-athletes can be found at www.CoSIDA.com. The District VIII first team student-athletes advance to the Capital One Academic All-America national ballot with the final teams announced later this month.