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Duck Trio Earns Academic All-America Honors
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Release Date: 06/26/2012
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        EUGENE, Ore. -- Brianne Theisen added her first career national academic All-America honor to her seven career NCAA titles, while teammates Jordan Hasay and Anne Kesselring were also named Capital One Academic All-Americans in the sport off women's track and field/cross country for the second straight year.

        Hasay and Kesselring were both first team selections,while Theisen was a second-team pick.

        Theisen, a senior from Humboldt, Sask., won her third NCAA heptathlon title this outdoor season and her third indoor pentathlon title indoors. She has a 3.43 grade point average in business administration.

        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 all-time 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 joined 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.

        With seven career NCAA crowns, Theisen is tied for fourth on the all-time championship-titles list, including relays and across both indoor and outdoor track and field. She only trails Texas' Carlette Guidry (12), Texas' Suziann Reid (10), and Wisconsin's Suzy Favor (9) in career national crowns among all NCAA Division I women.

        Theisen began the year by becoming just the second woman to win three consecutive NCAA indoor pentathlon titles. She also scored a collegiate and Canadian record 4,555 points at Texas A&M Mondo Challenge in January.

        The nine-time All-American holds five school records and is listed in 14 different top-10 categories.

        Earlier this month, Theisen was named the Pac-12 scholar-athlete of the year.

        She is one of 10 Bowerman Award semifinalists; the three finalists will be announced on Friday.

        Theisen is currently in Calgary preparing for the Canadian national championships as she tries to qualify for her first Olympics in the heptathlon.

        Hasay, a junior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., holds a 3.98 grade point average in business administration and won the 2012 Pac-12 title at 1,500 meters for the second year in a row. She finished third in the 1,500 at the NCAA Championships in a season-best 4:12.68. She is entered in the 1,500 meters in this week's Olympic Trials.

        In March, Hasay helped Oregon win its third consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship by scoring in both the mile and 3,000 meters. In cross country, she was the national runner-up at the NCAA Championships and was the NCAA West Regional champion. The 14-time All-American was the 2011 national Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year as a sophomore last year, becoming the first sophomore in program history to claim the national honor.

        Kesselring, a junior from Nurnberg, Germany, sports an impressive 4.05 grade point average in business administration. She was fifth in the 800 meters at the 2012 NCAA Championships, and hopes to represent Germany in London at the 2012 Olympics.

        The 2011 NCAA outdoor champion at 800 meters helped Oregon win its third consecutive NCAA Indoor title by anchoring the distance medley relay team to a runner-up finish. Kesselring also helped Oregon win its fourth straight Pac-12 title by taking fourth in the 1,500 meters at the conference meet.
 
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