June 20, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University's Whitney Evans and Cicely Clinkenbeard have been selected to the 2001-02 Verizon Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-American Team, as selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Evans, a redshirt junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was named to the 16-member national first team. She was a third team national selection last year. Evans has earned six All-American certificates for the high jump and heptathlon. In 2002, Evans placed second in the women's high jump at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She is a two-time Pacific-10 high jump champion.
Evans graduated with a degree in finance in May with a 3.98 GPA. She will begin her graduate studies in business during her final year of eligibility at WSU. This summer, Evans is competing in the high jump at the Canadian Senior Track & Field Championships, June 20-23, at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Clinkenbeard is a redshirt senior from Okanogan, Wash., and one of 14 members of the national second team. An All-American and school record-holder in the triple jump, Clinkenbeard finished 20th this year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after a second-place finish in the same event at the Pac-10 Championships. She also placed third in the Pac-10 heptathlon with the fourth-best mark in school history. Her academic awards include first team Pac-10 All-Academic, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, 2002 first team Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar, 2002 WSU PROWL Award winner (NCAA Lifeskills program), 2002 WSU Senior Excellence (graduates with 3.5 GPA or better), 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Post Graduate Scholarship winner.
Clinkenbeard achieved a 3.93 GPA in graduates studies in Communications at WSU.
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.
2001-02 VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA WOMEN'S TRACK/CROSS COUNTRY TEAM University Division First TeamName School, Yr., Hometown, GPA/Major Sonya Ahmed Missouri-KC, Sr., Prairie Village, Kan., 3.99/Medicine Siri Alfheim Oklahoma State, Gr., Kopervik, Norway, 3.63/Occupational & Adult Education Misty Ballard-Swan Stephen F. Austin, Sr., Carlsbad, N. Mex., 4.00/English/Spanish Stacia Beste Illinois State, Sr., Shorewood, Wis., 3.90/Psychology Ann Marie Brooks Missouri, Sr., St. Joseph, Mo., 4.01/Plant Science Andreina Byrd* Arkansas, Sr., Lambsheim, Germany, 4.00/Microbiology Debbie Cardenas Tulsa, Sr., Jefferson City, Mo., 4.00/Accounting Tara Chaplin Arizona, Sr., Montpelier, Vt., 3.57/Studio Art Gina Curtis Iowa State, Gr. Brooklyn Park, Minn. 3.78/MBA Whitney Evans Washington State, Jr., Calgary, Alberta, 3.98/Finance Marie LeJour Arkansas, Sr., Pierrefond, Quebec, 4.00/Kinesiology Heather Sagan Liberty, Sr., Warrenton, Va., 3.88/Secondary Education Charlotte Sanderson Tulsa, Sr., York, England, 4.00/Biology Austra Skujyte Kansas State, Sr., Birzai, Lithuania, 3.77/Kinesiology Megan Westfall Florida, Sr., Tallahassee, Fla., 3.70/Zoology Trish Young Louisville, Sr., Owen Sound, Ontario, 4.00/Exercise Physiology* Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - University Division
University Division Second Team
Lisa Aguilera Arizona State, Jr., Peoria, Ariz., 3.49/Computer Engineering/Finance Allison Beckford Rice, Jr., Sawanna-la-Mar, Jamaica, 3.34/Kinesiology Rachel Burns Wake Forest, Sr., Walhalla, S.C., 3.98/Biology Cicely Clinkenbeard Washington State, Gr., Okanogan, Wash., 3.93/Communications Brianna Glenn Arizona, Sr., La Mirada, Calif., 3.41/Marketing Jodie Hughes Colorado, Sr., The Woodlands, Texas, 3.75/Advertising Kara Koppel Coastal Carolina, Jr., McDonald, Ohio, 4.00/Psychology Jenna Lucas Nebraska, Sr., Rapid City, S.D., 3.97/Biological Sciences Amy Mortimer Kansas State, Jr., Manhattan, Kan., 3.82/Accounting Melissa Price Nebraska, Sr., Anaheim, Calif., 3.79/Sociology Ann Stechshulte Purdue, Sr., Columbus Grove, Ohio, 3.97/Movement/Sport Science Laura Van Hoevelaak Southeast Missouri State, Sr., Hamilton, Ontario, 4.00/Medicine Mary Varga Akron, Sr., Tallmadge, Ohio, 3.88/Education Jamie Walker Arkansas, Jr., Forth Worth, Texas, 3.95/Chemistry
University Division Third Team
Caroline Annis Stanford, Sr., Tampa, Fla., 3.70/Human Biology Cleopatra Borel Md-Balt. Cnty, Sr., Trinidad & Tobago, 3.40/Interdisciplinary Studies Tanya Brown Duquesne, Jr., Brampton, Ontario, 4.00/Psychology/Math Marissa Colburn Providence, Sr., Wethersfield, Conn., 3.99/Education Corrin Drakulich Georgia, So., Portland, Ore., 4.00/Genetics Emily Hogan Holy Cross, Sr., Northboro, Mass., 3.79/Biology/Pre-medicine Jenny Kenyon Oregon, Sr., Newbury Park, Calif., 3.90/Educational Studies Jackie Landess IUPUI, Sr., Daleville, Ind., 3.96/Journalism Kate Livesey Nebraska, Sr., Lancaster, U.K., 3.75/Biological Sciences Kathleen McCabe Duquesne, Sr., Yardley, Pa., 3.94/Psychology Kelly McConnell Bucknell, Sr., Danville, Pa., 3.92/Psychology/Religion Becki Marshall Bucknell, Sr., Montgomery, N.Y., 3.78/Civil Engineering Katie O'Neill Yale, Jr., Milton, Mass., 3.59/History Laura O'Neill Yale, Jr., Milton, Mass., 3.68/Anthropology Lisa Reusser Wisconsin, Jr., Middleton, Wis., 3.86/Pre-Pharmacy