Kinsella, Betterbed named to track and field academic team

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Kinsella, Betterbed named to track and field academic team

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:40 pm

The USTFCCCA announced the scholar athlete of the year (Oregon's Galen Rupp)
It also announced the All Academic team of 40 runners, and David Kinsella and Tommy Betterbed were both on it.

To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish in the top 15 finishers (or top 10%) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet or attain All-American status at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

Only 6 NCAA schools placed more then 1 athlete on the team (the entire Pac 10 and Ivy league only place 3).

Congrats to them and UP!

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Re: Kinsella, Betterbed named to track and field academic team

Post by pilotram on Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:48 am

Biology>>Business Admin. Maybe it was his keen business sense that allowed him to convince the NCAA to let him in after he went pro out of high school.

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Post by mattywizz on Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:05 pm

They've got some guys studying neuroscience at Brown University. I mean, how hard could THAT be?

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Re: Kinsella, Betterbed named to track and field academic team

Post by Stonehouse on Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:21 pm

Here's the full release from UP about this:

http://www.portlandpilots.com/news/2009/3/13/MXC_0313094745.aspx?path=mcross

The cool bits:

Kinsella and Betterbed were the only representatives on the prestigious list from the West Coast Conference.

UPs squads sport a 3.269 (men) and a 3.491 (women) team GPA, which are the highest among all WCC schools.

On the mens side, Portland had the fourth best grade point average of teams that finished in the top-25 at the national meet, only bested by Stanford (3.399), Northern Arizona (3.300) and Alabama (3.302).

To finish seventh at the NCAA championships and have the fourth best grade point average among our peers demonstrates that we indeed do have national-level student athletes, said mens head coach Rob Connor. By this measurement, youd have to say our team is a little better academically than they are athletically. I am really proud of that fact.

So... not only are we far and away the best teams in the WCC, we are also the smartest. Nice!!!

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