Aug. 6, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Washington men's track and field team celebrated a major distinction today, as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named the Huskies its 2008 Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year.
The award is based on balanced success in the field of competition and in the classroom, with the top honor going to the team that had the best combination of overall finish at the Division I NCAA Championships and cumulative GPA.
The Huskies placed 16th at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June, finishing with 19.33 points, the most Washington has scored at an outdoor meet since 1983. Washington matched their athletic success by maintaining a team cumulative GPA of 3.080.
"This is a huge honor for us," said sixth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "It's a statement on the quality of the young men. They managed to excel on the track and in the classroom collectively. They have accomplished as much as any group we've had over the last four years across the board."
Washington led a total of four teams with top-25 finishes at the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships on the All-Academic Team list. The University of Idaho, Virginia Tech, and Cornell University were the other three top-25 teams to earn All-Academic honors.
Announced in conjunction with the team award was the individual All-Academic team, which featured Husky senior James Fredrickson, juniors David Nyland and Jared O'Connor, and sophomores Scott Roth and Jake Schmitt. Fredrickson was part of UW's Pac-10 Champion 4x100m relay unit, O'Connor finished 2nd in the pole vault at NCAA Outdoors, and Roth and Schmitt were both NCAA competitors as well.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.
Washington was no slouch during the indoor season as well. Stanford took the top indoor honor, but the Huskies were one of only three additional All-Academic teams to finish in the Top-25 at the NCAA Indoor meet. The Huskies placed 10th at NCAA's with 17 points.
The Husky women's track and field team was also recognized for its work in the classroom, as they finished with a 3.200 cumulative GPA. Seniors Kelley DiVesta, Amanda Miller, and Trisha Rasmussen all earned individual All-Academic honors.