Aug. 4, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Five Washington State University track and field student-athletes received national recognition for academic excellence in 2011 from among NCAA Division I institutions from the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
WSU women student-athletes honored for a second consecutive year were thrower Ashley Kenney (junior, Spokane Valley, Wash., high jumper Holly Parent (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.), and javelin thrower Marissa Tschida (senior, Missoula, Mont.). They were joined by steeplechaser Ruby Roberts (freshman, Kingston, Wash.).
Steeplechaser Andrew Gonzales (redshirt freshman, Kennewick, Wash.) also received the national academic recognition.
There were 663 women student-athletes representing 172 institutions, and 420 men student-athletes representing 153 institutions, tapped for the 2011 USTFCCCA All-Academic teams. In the women's honors, the Big 12 Conference earned 95 plaudits to lead the league category with the Pac-10 next with 69 and the Big East third with 65 honorees. The Big 12 Conference also led all leagues in the men's list with 45 earning All-Academic honors, followed by the Big Ten and Pac-10 each with 41 honorees.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event. For a complete listing of all collegiate honorees, please click on the PDF at the top of this page.