March 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Recent Washington alumni Christal Morrison and Heath Allen will be honored as 2007-08 Pac-10 Medal winners this Friday, March 13 at the seventh annual State Farm "Pride of the Pac" Banquet, held in conjunction with the Pac-10 men's basketball tournament.
Morrison and Heath were selected as the most outstanding student-athletes at Washington last season based on their performances and achievements in their sports and in the classroom.
Morrison, a four-time volleyball All-American, left Washington as the all-time career-leader in kills and total attacks. She led the team in kills her freshman, junior and senior seasons and set a school single-season record for total attacks in 2006. In 2004, the Puyallup, Wash. native became the Huskies' first freshman All-American after leading the team to the 2004 national semifinal. She topped that performance in 2005, being named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player after leading Washington to its first national title. Morrison holds the distinction of being the only volleyball player to ever earn All-America accolades all four years of her career.
"Christal worked very hard to become the best player in the country," said head volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin. "I have always said and will always say that she is twice the person that she was the player. I'm very proud of her and how she has represented the university and our team and the way that she goes about things."
Allen, a Durango, Colo. native, was a member of the men's varsity eight crew that won 16-straight races and captured two consecutive Ten Eyck team trophies at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championship Regatta. He rowed in the seven seat for the varsity eight that won the IRA national title in 2007 and represented Washington at the Moscow Race of Champions in September of that year, defeating Oxford, Cambridge and Moscow State University to win the Challenge Cup. In addition, Allen was named Pac-10 Male Athlete of the Year and to the All-Pac-10 team his senior season.
"Obviously Heath is one of the best athletes to row here in recent years," said Director of Rowing Bob Ernst. "He transferred here from Colorado and worked really hard to get his architecture degree. He's now working as an architect, which is great for him. He's a great guy and we're really proud of all his accomplishments."
2007-08 Pacific-10 Conference Medal Winners
Arizona: Albert Subarits, Swimming; Lacey Nymeyer, Swimming
Arizona State: Kyle Alcorn, Track & Field; Jacquelyn Johnson, Track & Field
California: Tim McNeill, Gymnastics; Angie Pressey, Volleyball
Oregon: Dennis Dixon, Football; Jen May, Lacrosse
Oregon State: Alexis Serna, Football; Yuki Lamb, Gymnastics
Stanford: Tanner Gardner, Wrestling; Arianna Lambie, Track/Cross Country
UCLA: Christopher Joseph, Football; Lindsey Pluimer, Basketball
USC: Kaes Van't Hof, Tennis; Allison Jaskowiak Kennedy, Basketball
Washington: Heath Allen, Rowing; Christal Morrison, Volleyball
Washington State: Alex Brink, Football; Ekaterina Burdell, Tennis