June 7, 2007
SEATTLE - Martin Bingisser, Mike Sayenko and Amanda Miller were each named to CoSIDA's Academic All-District team Thursday, continuing a banner week of academic honors for Washington's track and field teams.
Washington on Tuesday had 33 student-athletes placed on the Pac-10 All-Academic team, the second-highest total of any conference school.
Bingisser, who on Friday will compete in the finals of the hammer throw at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, was the only one of the three honored by CoSIDA on Thursday to earn first-team honors, placing him on the ballot for Academic All-America honors to be announced later this month. The second-year UW law student, who currently boasts a 3.73 grade-point average in his graduate studies, earned All-America honors in the hammer throw last spring, and was a third-team Academic All-American.
Sayenko, a senior with a 3.46 GPA in interdisciplinary visual arts, boasts a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying mark in the marathon and led Washington's men to a 12th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall.
Miller, meanwhile, will compete later Thursday in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA meet in Sacramento, where she is pursuing her third-career All-America honor. The communications major from Wenatchee boasts a 3.47 GPA in her undergraduate studies and is among America's top young milers, having placed ninth in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
Student-athletes at all levels of NCAA competition are nominated for Academic All-District honors by their collegiate sports information directors, with voting conducted via the web among all CoSIDA members. For a complete list of athletes named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, visit www.CoSIDA.com.