June 7, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's McKinnon Hanson, Sara Trané and Ryan Scott have been named to the 2006-07 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. Hanson is a junior 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 Pac-10 Championships. Trané (pronounced trah-knee-ah) is a sophomore steeplechase runner from Pixbo, Sweden, with a 3.93 GPA majoring in movement studies. Trané won the steeplechase at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships and set the school record with a time of 10-minutes, 19.89 seconds.
Scott, a senior javelin thrower from Kalama, Wash., was named to the Men's District VIII second team. Scott graduated from WSU in May with a Bachelors' degree in business management operations and a 3.88 GPA. He finished sixth in the javelin at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships.
To be eligible for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American 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-American national ballot with the final teams announced later this month.