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Theisen's Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete Nod Leads Ducks
Release Date: 06/15/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The honors keep coming in for Brianne Theisen. The seven-time NCAA Champion has been selected as the Pac-12's 2012 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's track and field, presented by Toyo Tires®, the conference announced Friday. Theisen also was one of 27 Ducks who were named to the Pac-12 all-academic teams.

Theisen was named the USTFCCCA national women's track and field athlete of the year on Wednesday and the Pac-12 women's field athlete of the year on Thursday.

The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award honors collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

"It is always a challenge selecting the Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year because there are so many remarkable student-athletes in our Conference," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "The Pac-12 is extremely proud of it's heritage of academic and athletic excellence and this group of student-athletes is an example of achieving balance and success at the highest levels."

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.

"Toyo is proud to support the Pac-12 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts," said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. "By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders."

Theisen, a senior from Humboldt, Sask., won her third NCAA heptathlon title this outdoor season. She joins Houston's Jolanda Jones (1986-87, 1989) and Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson (2004, 2006-07-08) as the only three-time champions in the event. For Theisen, the outdoor title marked the seventh NCAA crown of her career. Among NCAA Division I women, Theisen is now tied for fourth on the all-time championship-titles list, including relays and across both indoor and outdoor track & field. She only trails Texas' Carlette Guidry (12), Texas' Suziann Reid (10), and Wisconsin's Suzy Favor (9) in career national crowns.

Theisen ended her collegiate career as one of the most prolific heptathletes in NCAA history. Winning both Pac-12 and USTFCCCA field athlete of the year honors for the second time in three years, she returned to the track this season after sitting out the 2011 outdoor season because of injury. She won her third Pac-12 heptathlon title in four years, amassing a then-Conference record 6,353 points to win the title in 2012.

She went on to win her third NCAA Championship title in the event, completing the second-best heptathlon in NCAA history with 6,440 points, also a Pac-12 all-time best. Her heptathlon score was the best in collegiate and meet history since 1995 when George Mason's Diane Guthrie-Gresham set the standard of 6,527. Theisen used personal bests in the 100 hurdles (13.30), shot put (42-4¾, 12.92m), long jump (20-7¼, 6.28m), and javelin (152-2, 46.38m) to compile her winning score.

She also won the women's pentathlon title at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year, the third of her career.

Oregon's Pac-12 all-academic selections included four first team picks and three second team selections.

NCAA scorers Jordan Hasay and Anne Kesselring were named to the first team, as were Ben DeJarnette and Maggie Pietka. Hasay has a 3.98 grade point average in business administration, Kesselring a 4.05 GPA in business administration, DeJarnette a 4.00 GPA in journalism and Pietka a 4.03 GPA in accounting.

The Ducks selections on the second team included Tim Costin (3.48 accounting), Eric Hersey (3.35 political science) and Megan Patrignelli (3.85 human physiology).

Theisen was among the women's honorable mention selections, a list that also included NCAA scorers Alex Kosinski, Laura Roesler and Lanie Thompson, throwers Laura Bobek, Jill Fogelstrom and Rachel Perry and runners Bronwyn Crossman, Alexandria Davidson and Lyndsay Pearson.

For the men, the honorable mention selections included NCAA scorer Elijah Greer, Pac-12 scorers Brian Schaudt, Travis Stanford and Parker Stinson and throwers Noe Contreras, Josh Heidegger and runners Hank Morrison, Brian Shrader, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn.

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