June 4, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Sara Trané and Barry Leavitt were named to the 2008-09 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).
This is Trané's third consecutive selection to the Women's District VIII first team. A senior from Pixbo, Sweden, Trané graduated in May with a degree in psychology and a 3.96 grade point average. She was the captain and top runner on WSU's cross country team last fall taking 18th at the Pacific-10 Conference meet, and a two-time Pac-10 steeplechase champion in 2007 and 2008. After an injury-plagued spring, Trané finished fifth in steeple at 2009 conference meet. In addition, she took fourth place in the 400m hurdles at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships. Trané holds school records in the 3000m steeplechase (10:14.29), 3000m (9:28.54i), and the distance medley relay (11:17.92i). She participated in the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships taking 19th in steeple. She is Washington State's Pac-10 Conference medal winner for 2009, an NCAA Woman of Year nominee, won the Cougar Pride Trophy, and was awarded Senior Excellence in Academics. Trané was also a United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) academic first team selection in both 2007 and 2008.
Leavitt was one of 13 student-athletes named to the Men's District VIII first team. A senior from Benton City, Wash., Leavitt majored in civil engineering and had a 3.31 GPA. Leavitt is primarily a 400m hurdler, returns to the NCAA Championships for the third time, after finishing fourth in the intermediate hurdles at the West Regional meet with a time of 50.97. He earned All-American status at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships as a member of the WSU 4x400m relay squad that finished eighth. That relay team set WSU indoor 1600m Relay record with time of 3:06.74. He has scored in all four Pacific-10 Championships during his career: 2009 (400m hurdles -4th, 1600m relay-2nd), 2008 (400m hurdles-4th, 1600m relay- 4th), 2007 (400m hurdles-7th), 2004 (110m hurdles-7th, 400m hurdles-6th). Leavitt was awarded the WSU Senior Excellence in Academics and was one of 12 Cougar Pride Academic Salute award winners for 2009.
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 complete list of student-athletes can be found at www.CoSIDA.com.
The District VIII first team student-athletes advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national ballot with the final teams announced later this month.