May 30, 2013
SEATTLE - A pair of fifth year seniors, both headed to the NCAA Championships next week in pursuit of All-America honors, Christine Babcock and Jeremy Taiwo moved a step closer to Academic All-America honors as well, as each were named to the Capital One Academic All-District track & field/cross country team today.
Babcock and Taiwo are as decorated for their work in the classroom as they are on the track. Babcock qualified for the NCAA final at 5,000-meters last week in Austin, Texas, advancing to her first NCAA Outdoor finals since 2009. She'll run her last Husky race next week at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Taiwo is also heading to Eugene to duke it out in the NCAA decathlon. He set a PR with 7,998 points earlier this month which ranks him among the leaders heading to nationals. His last NCAA decathlon was in 2011, when he competed despite a torn elbow tendon, then redshirted 2012.
Both Babcock and Taiwo have previously been named Academic All-District Second Team members, but their First Team status this year makes them eligible for Academic All-America honors. Taiwo has a 3.54 cumulative grade point average, majoring in International Studies. Babcock majors in Early Childhood & Family Studies and has a 3.93 GPA. She was previously a Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country and Taiwo is a Pac-12 All-Academic First Team member.