XC: Ten Earn Pac-12 All-Academic Honors

Photo By: Stoddard Reynolds   11-20-2013

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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.

Haley Hunt, Kira Kelly, Kelsi Schaer and Emily Weber, all with GPA’s over 3.90, led the way with their selections to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team.

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.

The Beavers placed three student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team in Adrienne Demaree, Kinsey Gomez and Aly Nielson.

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.

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