June 1, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
A record thirty-six Washington student-athletes have been named to the 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic Track and Field team, conference Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday. Washington's total of 36 academic honorees led all Pac-10 schools, ahead of Stanford (33), Washington State (29) and Arizona State (27).
Washington's record academic totals were boosted by an outstanding men's team, which placed four student-athletes on the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, and an additional six on that second team. That total of 10 first- or second-team honorees was easily the Pac-10's highest total among men's teams, with only ASU (7) boasting more than five such honorees.
Hammer thrower Martin Bingisser (Bellevue, Wash./Interlake/Cal State Northridge) earned first-team honors for the second-straight year. The third-place finisher at each of the past three Pac-10 Championships, Bingisser earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy last June, and is currently enrolled in UW's School of Law. The Bellevue native, who completed his undergraduate degree in just three years, boasted a 3.87 undergraduate grade-point average, and is currently maintaining a 3.72 GPA in his first year of law studies.
Bingisser was joined on the first team by seniors Travis Boyd (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak) and Jon Hickey (Richland, Wash./Hanford), and sophomore Corey Fredericks (Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen). Boyd, who maintains a 3.71 GPA in marketing, earned the honor for the second time in his career, while Hickey (3.64, political science) and Fredericks (3.87, mathematics) -- both of whom have actually completed their degrees -- were first-time honorees.
Rounding out the first-team accolades was sophomore Lindsay Todd (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island), whose 3.71 GPA in prosthetics & orthontics was among the highest on the team. A second-year high jumper from Illinois, Todd won the high jump at the UW Last Chance Qualifier, and tied for 11th in the event at the indoor conference championships.
In addition to the five first-team honorees, seven Huskies -- including six UW men -- received second-team recognition. Seniors Kevin Peters (Longview, Wash./Mark Morris) and Sam Roberts (Cashmere, Wash./Cashmere) were both second-time honorees, while seniors Blake Bidleman (Redmond, Wash./Inglemoor) and Mike Sayenko (Bellevue, Wash./Sammammish), and sophomores Jeremy Mineau (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo Park), Dave Nyland (Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) and Trisha Rasmussen (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Ridge) all received the academic all-conference accolade for the first time in their careers.