The Conference Medals are awarded annually to each Pac-12 institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete, based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Babcock, from Irvine, Calif., graduated with a 3.93 grade point average, earning a degree in early childhood and family studies. One of the UW's most highly decorated athletes in recent years, Babcock was the Pac-12's cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011 and earned All-America honors in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track. She was a three-time, first-team all-conference selection in cross country and a five-time first-team academic all-conference selection. Last week, she earned first-team Academic All-America honors and earlier this week, she was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship by the Pac-12.
Taiwo, a graduate of Newport High in Bellevue, was the runner-up in the decathlon at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships and has since earned a spot on Team USA for the 2013 IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Moscow, Russia. He made the team by placing third at the USA Championships last month. Along with his first-team All-America status in the decathlon, Taiwo also earned first-team Academic All-America in 2013, graduating with a 3.54 grade point average as an international studies major. The 2011 Pac-10 champ in the decathlon, he also earned numerous other academic and athletic all-conference and All-America honors.Conference medal winners have been named every year since the 1960-61 academic year. In 2009, the Pac-12 renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who retired at the end of June 2009 after serving for 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.