The WWU Vikings have 13 women, eight men recognized as GNAC All-Academic honoree. PHOTO: WWU Athletics
WWU Track & Field Places 21 on GNAC All-Academic Teams
May 21, 2018
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University track & field program had 21 student-athletes, 13 women and eight men, recognized as Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Team members, announced Monday by the conference office.
To qualify for the GNAC All-Academic Teams, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, be of sophomore standing or better and be in a second season of competition at the nominating institution.
For the women, seven of the honorees were repeat selections to the team. Senior Jasmine McMullin (Sequim, WA) was named to the team for the fourth time in her career, the only four-time selection on the 2017-18 GNAC Women’s All-Academic Team, with a 3.94 undergraduate GPA as an English literature major and a 4.0 GPA in a post-bac elementary teaching certification program.
Seniors Maddy Hutchison (Snoqualmie, WA/Mount Si), Alexandra Laiblin (Oak Harbor, WA) and Anna Paradee (Tacoma, WA/Decatur) each become three-time selections to the team. Hutchison holds a 3.46 GPA as a kinesiology major while Laiblin carries a 3.66 GPA as a biology major. Paradee is a kinesiology major with a 3.83 GPA.
Also among the repeat selections for the WWU women were juniors Tracy Melville (Lamont, WA/Lind-Ritzville/Sprague), Rachael Roberts (Woodinville, WA/Bellevue College) and Savannah Smith (Renton, WA). Melville is a biology major with a 3.72 GPA while Roberts has a 3.78 GPA as an education major and Smith holds a 3.30 GPA as a marine biology major.
For the men, five of the eight selections were repeat honorees. Junior Alex Barry (Sequim, WA), junior Isaac Derline (Kent, WA/Kentridge), junior Stedman Knox (Bothell, WA/Cedar Park Christian), junior Colton Pulver (Wasilla, AK) and senior Adam Thomas (Washougal, WA) were recognized for the second time in their respective careers.
Barry (3.48 GPA), Knox (3.64 GPA) and Pulver (3.63 GPA) are each kinesiology majors. Derline (3.35 GPA) is a community health major while Thomas (3.57 GPA) is a manufacturing engineering major. Sophomore Aaron Bosscher (Lynden, WA/Cornerstone Christian) holds the highest GPA of the WWU contingent at 3.97 as an electrical engineering major.
Four WWU student-athletes are set to compete at the upcoming NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships later this week, held Thursday through Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Paradee will be the first Viking in action during the women’s pole vault on Thursday. Barry will compete in the men’s javelin on Saturday while sophomore Raquel Pellecer (Sandy, OR/Portland State), also a GNAC All-Academic Team selection, and freshman Natalie Vetto (Kirkland, WA/Lake Washington) will compete in the women’s javelin on Saturday.
* Notes previous GNAC All-Academic selections in career
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