June 2, 2011
SEATTLE ¨C A trio of Husky standouts were voted to the prestigious Capital One Academic All-District men's and women's track & field/cross country teams, it was announced today. Senior Scott Roth was named a District 8 First Team selection for the first time while juniors Jeremy Taiwo and Christine Babcock earned Second Team distinction.
There are eight districts across the U.S. with 10 First Team selections per district, out of the thousands of NCAA track and field and cross country participants. First©\team Academic All©\District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All©\America Team ballot, where first©\, second©\ and third©\team All©\America honorees will be selected later this month.
Roth is headed to the eighth NCAA Championship finals of his career, next week in Des Moines, Iowa, as the two-time NCAA Indoor Champion looks to win his first outdoor title. The Granite Bay, Calif. native has a 3.35 cumulative GPA as a biology major, and is a six-time All-American.
Taiwo is the reigning Pac-10 decathlon champion and will compete at the NCAA Championships next week despite an elbow injury that prevents him from throwing javelin with his right arm. He earned All-America honors during the indoor season for an eighth-place finish in the heptathlon. The Renton, Wash. native owns a 3.66 grade point average majoring in international studies. This is his first All-District honor.
A three-time All-American, Babcock has been battling injury this track season, competing just once outdoors. But she ran well in the fall for the Husky cross country team, finishing in the Top-20 at the Pac-10 Championships as well as the West Region Championships, and helping Washington back to the NCAA Championships where the team placed 16th overall. Babcock, who hails from Irvine, California owns a 3.93 GPA in early childhood and family studies.