July 11, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The 2010-11 Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners were announced Monday. A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
The Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners will be honored at the State Farm Pride of the Pac-12 Breakfast held in Los Angeles in conjunction with the Pacific Life Pac-12 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments next March. Following are the 2010-11 award winners:
2010-11 Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners
School Men Women Arizona Brooks Reed, Football Paige Weber, Volleyball Arizona State Anthony Robles, Wrestling Kelcy McKenna Tennis California Nathan Adrian, Swimming Carli Lloyd, Volleyball Oregon Jordan Holmes, Football Melissa Gergel, Track & Field Oregon State Alex Linnenkohl, Football Jill Sawatzky, Volleyball Stanford Owen Marecic, Football Sarah Flynn, Lacrosse UCLA Ben Hohl, Water Polo Brittani McCullough, Gymnastics USC Murphy Troy, Volleyball Lizette Salas, Golf Washington Scott Roth, Track & Field Venise Chan, Tennis Washington State Jeshua Anderson, Track & Field Marissa Tschida, Track & Field
The Tom Hansen Conference Medal was named in honor of Hansen, who served 26 years as commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference, retiring in June of 2009. The award was first named in his honor in 2008-09.
Below are the biographies for WSU's Anderson and Tschida.
Jeshua Anderson, 400m Hurdles, Woodland Hills, California
Intermediate hurdler Jeshua Anderson is a four-time Pacific-10 Conference champion, one of only eight men in conference history to win the same event four consecutive times. Anderson ran a Pac-10 meet record time for the second straight year in 2011, crossing the finish line in at 48.13 seconds in Tucson. His time was the US-leading time and he became the second-fastest 400m hurdler in the world. Anderson is a three-time NCAA champion with has one runner-up finish, was the 2010 NACAC U-23 champion, the 2008 USA Junior Champion and IAAF World Junior champion. He won the USA Outdoor Track title June 26, running a lifetime-best time of 47.93 seconds. Anderson is a semifinalist for the 2011 Bowerman Award. He was a two-sport student-athlete at WSU for his first two years, competing for the Cougar football team as a wide receiver in addition to wearing the crimson uniform on the track. He served as the 2010-11 WSU men's team captain, and was awarded the WSU Alumni Association Big Ten Senior Award (the most qualified five men and five women, each representing a specific aspect of the college experience in categories of academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service and visual/performing arts), and the Rob Oviatt Strength and Conditioning Award (presented to one male and one female senior student-athlete who possesses a great commitment to training, are accountable to their workout, led by example and show an overall improvement in the weight room, honoring the work ethic and training ideals of former WSU Director of Physical Development Rob Oviatt).
Marissa Tschida, Javelin, Missoula, Montana
Pacific-10 Conference women's javelin champion Marissa Tschida (pronounced chee-tah) won her second consecutive title in May 2011 with a national-leading throw of 183-feet, 9 inches (53.29m). In her four seasons, Tschida finished no lower than fourth at the Pac-10 Championships. She is a three-time All-American with a third-place finish in 2011, in spite of an injured elbow, a fourth-place finish in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2009. Tschida had the top throw at the 2011 NCAA West Region Preliminary Round, was the runner-up at the 2010 NCAA West Region meet and finished fourth and fifth in her other two appearances. She was a two-time Pac-10 Female Field Athlete of the Week selection (2008, 2011). At the 2010 NACAC U-23 Championships, Tschida finished as top USA javelin thrower but third. Tschida owns the WSU all-time record in the javelin with her 2010 throw of 186-1 (56.71m). She placed fourth at the 2008 USA Junior Championships. Tschida has been selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention teams twice, and was awarded the 2011 Cougar Pride Academic Salute (awarded to one senior who has maintained over a 3.00 cumulative GPA and has displayed exceptional academic, athletic and outstanding personal qualities).