WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon senior Alexandra Kosinski was named the Pacific-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for cross country, commissioner Larry Scott announced Wednesday.
The Scholar-Athlete of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires®, has been established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
Kosinski wrapped up her cross country career last month by finishing 19th at the NCAA Championships and winning her third career All-America award. Earlier in the season, the El Dorado Hills, Calif., native finished third at the NCAA West Regional and fourth at the Pac-10 Championships.
The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for winter include:
Elliott Heath, Stanford - Men's cross country, 3.57 - engineering
Alexandra Kosinski, Oregon - Women's cross country, 3.83 - sociology
Mike Mohamed, California - Football, 3.43 - business administration
Christen Press, Stanford - Women's soccer, 3.61 - communications
Jill Sawatzky, Oregon State - Volleyball, 3.96 - business administration
Bobby Warshaw, Stanford - Men's soccer, 3.57 - political science
"It is always a challenge selecting the Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes of the Year because there are so many remarkable student-athletes in
our Conference," Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "The Pac-10 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-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 may nominate 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 & "eld, women's track & "eld, women's volleyball, and wrestling.
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-10 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."
The Pac-10 Conference, in cooperation with Pac-10 corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the "Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires" during the 2007-08 academic year.
Other nominees included:
Men's cross country: Ben Engelhardt, ASU; A.J. Acosta, ORE; Jordan Swarthout, WASH.
Women's cross country: Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson, OSU; Alex Gits; Zara Lukens, USC; Kailey Campbell, WASH.
Football: Thomas Weber, ASU; Jordan Holmes, ORE; Justin Kahut, OSU; Owen Marecic, STAN; Victor Aiyewa, WASH; Chima Nwachukwu, WSU.
Men's soccer: Davis Paul, CAL; Matt Van Houten, WASH.
Women's soccer: Alexandra Elston, ASU; Alex Morgan, CAL; Jen Stoltenberg, ORE; Karter Haug, USC; Kendyl Pele, WASH.
Volleyball: Paige Weber, ARIZ; Sarah Reaves, ASU; Carli Lloyd, CAL; Cassidy Lichtman, STAN; Dicey McGraw, UCLA; Jenna Hagglund WASH.
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