June 5, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
Thirty-three Washington student-athletes have been named to the 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic Track and Field team, including an all-time best six first-team honorees, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday. Washington's total of 33 honorees is the second-highest among all Pac-10 schools, marking the Huskies' second-straight season among the Pac-10's top-two most-honored teams.
To be eligible for academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least one full academic year at their current institution, boast a cumulative grade-point average over 3.0, and be a significant contributor.
Washington's record totals were boosted by its six first-team honorees, including four men and two women.
Hammer thrower Martin Bingisser (Bellevue, Wash./Interlake/Cal State Northridge) earned first-team honors for the third-straight year. An All-American both on the track and in the classroom, and the runner-up at the 2007 Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional Championships, Bingisser earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy in June of 2005, and is currently completing his second year in UW's School of Law. The Bellevue native, who enters this week's NCAA Track and Field Championships seeded 13th nationally, completed his undergraduate degree in just three years, boasted a 3.87 undergraduate grade-point average, and is currently maintaining a 3.73 GPA in his law studies.
Bingisser was joined on the men's first team by senior Jon Hickey (Richland, Wash./Hanford), junior Corey Fredericks (Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen) and sophomore Joe Darda (Ellensburg, Wash./Ellensburg). Hickey, who maintains a 3.70 GPA in public affairs, and Fredericks, who boasts a 3.68 GPA in physics -- both of whom have completed their degrees -- were each honored for the second time in their collegiate careers, while Darda, a psychology major with a 3.72 GPA, was a first-time honoree.
Also notching first-team acclaim were a pair of UW distance runners, junior Brooke Anderson (San Diego, Calif./University City) and sophomore Emily Collins (Eugene, Ore./Marist). Anderson, who also holds office on Washington's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, boasts an outstanding 3.85 GPA in finance, while Collins carries a 3.83 GPA in UW's School of Arts and Sciences; both were honored for the first time in their UW careers.
In addition to those record six first-team honorees, six more earned Pac-10 All-Academic second-team acclaim, including post-graduate students Travis Boyd (3.65 GPA, marketing), Mike Sayenko (3.46 GPA, interdisciplinary visual arts) and Lindsay Todd (3.70, prosthetics & ordontics), senior Trisha Rasmussen (3.66, community and environmental planning), and juniors Kyle Still (3.39 GPA, arts and sciences) and Shannon Harvey (3.73, business administration. Boyd's honor was the seventh first- or second-team all-academic honor of his career, while Sayenko and Rasmussen were honored for the third time each. Todd was a two-time honoree, and Still and Harvey both received their first all-academic first- or second-team acclaim.
For a complete listing of the 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic Track and Field teams, visit www.GoHuskies.com.