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Walker's Pace: Baker Named Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

Keshia Baker picked up one of the cooler awards handed out by the Pacific-10 Conference on Wednesday when she was chosen as the women's track and field scholar-athlete of the year, presented by Toyo Tires.

Each school may nominate a student-athlete in all of the sports the Pac-10 sponsors, but there is only one winner per sport, so kudos to Keshia, the three-time Pac-10 400 meter champion, who also anchored Oregon's winning 4x400 meter relay team at last week's NCAA Championships. Plus, Toyo will donate $1,000 to Oregon's scholarship fund on Baker's behalf.

Here's a link to the Pac-10 site, and below is the release from the league:


WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The Pac-10 Conference has named the spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires®. These awards have been established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for spring include:

Matt Fanelli, Washington State - Baseball, 3.78 - psychology
K’Lee Arredondo, Arizona - Softball, 3.55 - psychology
Knut Borsheim, Arizona State - Men’s Golf, 3.89 - finance
Juliana Murcia, Arizona State - Women's golf, 3.80 - sculpture
Robert Farah, USC - Men’s tennis, 3.15 - economics
Lindsay Burdette, Stanford - Women’s tennis, 3.11 - American studies
Simon Taylor, Washington - Men’s rowing, 3.57  - communication
Christina Sprouse, UCLA - Women’s rowing, 3.77 - physics
Ryan Whiting, ASU - Men’s track & field, 3.42 - civil engineering
Keisha Baker, Oregon - Women’s track & field, 3.28 - psychology

"Toyo is proud to support the Pac-10 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts," said Steve Hutchinson, vice president of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. "By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders."

In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 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% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-10 institution nominates one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 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.

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-10’s 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country,  football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.

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

"We are proud to honor these outstanding student-athletes in partnership with Toyo Tires," said Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-10. “These student-athletes have shown a dedication to their sport and to their academics, and this award honors those achievements. We continue to be appreciative of the relationship with Toyo Tires  and helping to recognize these deserving student-athletes and their accomplishments.”

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Here's a link to Oregon's updated 2010 performances.

Here's a link to the 2010 Oregon Track & Field Multi-Media Guide.


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