Aug. 6, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Nine Washington State University track and field student-athletes and the women's track and field team received national recognition for academic excellence among NCAA Division I institutions from the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Cougar women's team reached a cumulative grade point average of 3.31 which placed it in a four-way tie for 34th among the 117 women's teams honored, and was the third highest Pacific-10 Conference school honored.
Six WSU women were among the 468 women named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team. The Cougars are: Lisa Egami (sophomore, distance, Coquitlam, BC), McKinnon Hanson (senior, high jump, LaPush, Wash.), Meghan Leonard (senior, steeplechase, Newberg, Ore.), Sara Trané (junior, steeplechase, Pixbo, Sweden), Marissa Tschida (freshman, javelin, Missoula, Mont.), and Jessica Zita (senior, shot put, Echo, Ore.).
Three Cougars were among the 266 men named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team for 2008: Alex Grant (senior, steeplechase, Bellingham, Wash.), Jon Jeffreys (senior, javelin, Spokane Valley, Wash.), and Barry Leavitt (junior, hurdles, Benton City, Wash.)
To be nominated for the USTFCCCA team honors, a team must carry a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade point average. To be considered for the individual recognition, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Div. I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard, or the NCAA Div. I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.