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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Evans, Richardson Earn Verizon/CoSIDA National Academic All-America
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/19/2003
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June 19, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University's Whitney Evans and Ellannee Richardson have been selected to the 2002-03 Verizon Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American Team, as selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Evans, a redshirt senior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was named to the 15-member national first team. She was also a 2002 national first team selection and was named to the national third team in 2001. Evans is the most-decorated women student-athlete in Washington State University history having earned eight All-American certificates for the high jump and heptathlon. Last week, Evans concluded her collegiate career by winning the high jump at the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a personal-best height of 6-feet, 1 1/4 inches. She is a three-time Pacific-10 high jump champion and placed fourth in the high jump at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Evans graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in finance in May 2002 with a 3.98 GPA. She currently carries a 3.93 GPA as a graduate student and will complete her Masters in Business Administration this year. Evans received the following awards during the past school year: Cougar Pride Academic Salute, Senior Excellence in Academics, Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and nominee for NCAA Women of the Year.

Richardson, a redshirt senior from Gladstone, Ore., is a five-time All-American and three-time Pac-10 heptathlon champion (2001-03). Last weekend she was the national runner-up at the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and bettered her own school record with a total of 5,839 points. Richardson holds three indoor and four outdoor school records. She was rated as the third-best heptathlete (top collegiate) in the United States in 2003 by Track & Field News.

Richardson's 2003 honors are: WSU's Pac-10 Medal Winner, Cougar Pride Academic Salute Trophy, Senior Excellence in Academics, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team, nominee for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Women of the Year and a Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America Dist. VIII Academic All-American. She graduate with a Bachelors of Arts degree in sociology and will complete her Masters degree in criminal justice and political science this year.

The Verizon Academic All-America teams include 45 student-athletes distributed among first, second and third teams. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher, be in at least the second year of participation at the school, and be an important squad member. Members of the CoSIDA nominate and vote at the district level, with eight districts encompassing the United States and Canada. Only the top ten student-athletes in each district receive consideration for the national ballot.

First Team

Simidele AdeagboKentuckySr.Louisville, Ky.3.89Journalism
Tracey BeardenDrakeSr.Brookfield, Wis.3.92Public Administration
Andreina ByrdArkansasSr.Lambshein, Germany3.90Microbiology
Michelle CarsonMichigan StateJr.Winnipeg, Manitoba3.95Dietetics
Corrin DrakulichGeorgiaJr.Portland, Ore.4.00Genetics/Religion
Abbey ElsberryBoise StateJr.Meridian, Idaho4.00Physical Education and Health
Whitney EvansWashington StateGr.Calgary, Alberta3.93Business
Krista KeirOhio StateSr.Westerville, Ohio4.00Leisure Studies
Kara KoppelCoastal CarolinaSr.McDonald, Ohio4.00Psychology
Shani Marks ** MinnesotaSr.Apple Valley, Minn.4.00Journalism
Amy MortimerKansas StateSr.Manhattan, Kan.3.82Accounting
Katie O'NeillYaleSr.Milton, Mass.3.62History
Laura O'NeillYaleSr.Milton, Mass.3.72Anthropology
Gina RickertIowa StateSr.Brooklyn Park, Minn.3.96Finance & Marketing (MBA)
Mary VargaAkronSr.Tallmadge, Ohio3.90Education

** Verizon Academic All-America® of the Year

Second Team

Lisa AguileraArizona StateSr.Peoria, Ariz.3.45Finance
Allison BeckfordRiceSr.Savanna-la-Mar, Jam.3.42Kinesiology
Christina BillingsTennesseeJr.Madison, Wis.4.00Psychology
Kim ClarkKansasSo.Elkhorn, Neb.4.00Biochemistry
Natalie DyeMarylandSr.Baltimore, Md.3.97Biochemistry
Alice FalaiyeRiceSr.Brampton, Ontario3.72Policy Studies/Sociology
April JohnsonTulsaSr.Fayetteville, Ark.4.00Marketing
Jessica JohnsonArkansasSr.Dallas, Texas3.71Animal Science
Jamie KrzyminskiMichigan StateJr.Corunna, Mich.3.89Finance
Karin LarssonManhattanJr.Garphyttan, Sweden4.00Marketing
Jenny PayneStony BrookSr.Cary, N.C.3.85Biology
Ellannee RichardsonWashington StateGr.Gladstone, Ore.3.67Criminal Justice
Patricia SomanBall StateSr.Arlington, Va.3.79Accounting
Julie StefanWisconsinSr.Greenfield, Wis.4.00Elementary Education
Laura van HoevelaakSE Missouri StateGr.Hamilton, Ontario4.00Health Management

Third Team

Aderonke AdeniyiTempleJr.Lagos, Nigeria3.80Biochemistry
Christine AhnColorado StateJr.Santa Monica, Calif.4.00Psychology
Emma AllvinNew Mexico StateJr.Gavle, Sweden4.00Sociology
Kelly BakerJames MadisonJr.Fayetteville, Pa.3.97Modern Foreign Languages
Anne BersagelWake ForestSo.Greeley, Colo.3.94Political Science
Bethany BrewsterWisconsinSr.Freeland, Mich.3.36Human Dev./Family Studies
Amanda FelderRiceSr.Houston, Texas4.05Mechanical Engineering
Perdita FelicienIllinoisSr.Pickering, Ontario3.27Kinesiology
Audrey GieslerIndianaJr.Downers Grove, Ill.3.98Biology
Cheryl HarmonNebraskaSr.Green River, Wyo.3.91Communication Studies
Brooke LobueUtahSr.Visalia, Calif.3.92Deaf Education
Natalie QuilterSouthern UtahJr.Kearns, Utah4.00Geography
Erin SimsTexasSr.Pascagoula, Miss.3.85Art History
Tara StorageDaytonSr.Beavercreek, Ohio3.86Chemical Engineering
Stephanie WardTennessee TechJr.London, Ky.4.00English/Spanish
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