June 2, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - A total of 11 Husky track athletes were honored Wednesday with mention to either the first or second team of the Pac-10 All-Academic Track and Field squad, as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen. The Huskies' 11 combined first- and second-team honorees equaled Oregon for second-most in the conference, trailing only the 12 earned by University of Arizona .
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must be a significant contributor with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and at least one full academic year completed at the current institution.
Four Husky men earned first-team acclaim, including second-time honorees Brandon Bailey (3.77 GPA, Psychology) and Nik Williams (3.53, Architecture). North Thurston graduate Bailey ranked among the UW's best in the 400-meter hurdles in 2004, earning a Pac-10 Championships qualifying mark with a time of 53.33 seconds in March. Williams, meanwhile, an alum of Lake Stevens High School in Marysville, led the UW's 4x400-meter relay to a time of 3:10.67 indoors in January, third-fastest ever indoors at Washington.
Joining the repeat first-team honorees were first-timers Andy Fader (Jr., 3.40 , Economics) and Travis Boyd (So., 3.79, Premajor). Both first-team honorees for cross country in the fall, Cascade (Everett) grad Fader was the fifth-place finisher in the 1,500 meters at last month's Pac-10 Championships, while Boyd, a Kamiak High School alum, clocked the seventh-fastest indoor 5,000-meter mark in UW history at February's Pac-10 Invitational.
Matching the UW men on the women's side was junior miler Angela Wishaar (3.84, Classics), who pulled in first-team honors for the second-straight year. After entering the Pac-10's 1,500-meter prelim in May as the conference's 19th-ranked competitor, the Shorecrest High School grad ran 11th in the conference final, missing a scoring place by just four seconds.
In addition to the five first-team honorees, six additional Huskies merited second-team acclaim, including two who will compete next week at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Leading the second-team contingent was junior Kate Soma (3.48, Marketing), the reigning Pac-10 champion in the pole vault. Currently America's eighth-ranked women's vaulter outdoors, Soma enters next week's NCAA Championships as the second seed overall with a school-record best of 14 feet, 2 inches that ranks 10th in NCAA history.
Joining Soma on the second team were senior Todd Arnold (3.35, English), the Pac-10's fourth-place finisher in the 800 meters; Pac-10 1,500-meter qualifiers Camille Connelly (Jr., 3.69, Biology), and Jon Hickey (So., 3.59, Political Science); and 10,000-meter specialists Mark Mandi (Jr., 3.37, Engineering) - seventh-fastest in UW history - and Alison Tubbs (So., 3.50, Premajor), the Pac-10's fourth-place finisher in 2004.
An additional 11 Huskies earned Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention, including four UW men and seven UW women. For a complete list of the Pac-10's All-Academic teams, visit www.pac-10.org.