WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Ten Oregon State women’s cross country runners earned recognition on the 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic teams, including a school-record four on the first team, announced today by Commissioner Larry Scott.
Hunt, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, was Oregon State’s lone first teamer as a redshirt freshman last season. It is the first academic recognition for the sophomore Kelly and the redshirt freshman Weber, both exercise and sport science majors. Schaer, a junior majoring in marketing, was on the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team in 2012. No other school placed more than one woman on this year’s Pac-12 All-Academic First Team.
It’s Demaree’s first academic nod from the conference. Gomez was on the Pac-12 Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Second Team last season and earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team in the spring. This is Nielson’s first cross country recognition. The bioengineering major also made the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team after last year’s outdoor track and field season.
Oregon State’s combined seven first and second teamers are also a school record.
Student-athletes must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average and at least one year of enrollment at the institution to be eligible.
Audrey Botti, Taylor Nowlin and Hilary Sharpe were named Pac-12 Women’s Cross Country Honorable Mention All-Academic. All three have previously received multiple academic honors in both cross country and track.
The impressive academic displays are nothing new for Oregon State. As a group, both the cross country and track & field programs have received Division I All-Academic recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for nine straight years.