June 5, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's McKinnon Hanson, Sara Trané, Haley Paul, Jon Jeffreys and Alex Grant were named to the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII for University Division Men's and Women's Track & Field/ Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Hanson and Trané were two of the 10 student-athletes named to the Women's District VIII first team and were repeat selections from last year. Hanson is a senior high jumper from LaPush, Wash., with a 3.99 grade point average majoring in philosophy. Hanson high jumped to an eighth-place tie at the 2007 and 2008 Pac-10 Championships. Trané (pronounced trah-knee-ah) is a junior steeplechase runner from Pixbo, Sweden, with a 3.96 GPA majoring in psychology. Trané won the steeplechase at both the 2007 and 2008 Pac-10 Championships. She holds the school record with a time of 10-minutes, 14.29 seconds. Last weekend Trané finished fifth at the NCAA West Regional meet and qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships next week in Des Moines, Iowa. Paul, a senior distance runner from Phoenix, Ariz., with a 3.94 GPA majoring in anthropology, was a second-team selection.
Jeffreys and Grant were named to the Men's Dist. VIII second team. Jeffreys, a senior from Spokane Valley, Wash., finished third in the javelin at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships and took fourth place at the NCAA West Regional. He will compete at the NCAA Championships next week. Jeffreys majored in finance and carried a 3.49 GPA. Grant, a senior distance runner from Bellingham, Wash., placed fifth in the steeplechase at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. He majored in environmental science with a 3.50 GPA.
To be eligible for the ESPN The Magazine 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 District VIII first team student-athletes (10) advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national ballot with the final teams announced later this month.