Vail Earns Third First-Team Academic All-America Honor

STILLWATER, Okla. – For the third consecutive year, Oklahoma State runner Ryan Vail earned a first-team spot on the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country team, it was announced today. Vail is the first three-time ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American in Oklahoma State history.

A native of Gresham, Ore., Vail served as the team captain of Oklahoma State’s NCAA and Big 12-champion cross country team in 2009. He finished seventh at the NCAA Championships to secure the fifth All-America honor of his career. Additionally, he was crowned as the Big 12 individual cross country champion, marking the third time in his career that he earned the title of Big 12 champ.

Immediately after winning the 2009 cross country NCAA championship, OSU head coach Dave Smith said that the Cowboys’ entire strategy at the event hinged around the team following Vail’s lead as he was the unquestioned leader of an OSU squad that produced four All-Americans.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

2010 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America

Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field Team

Name                                School                                Cl.      GPA        Major

Philip Adam                     Rice                                    Jr.      3.95        Economics

Gonzalo Barroilhet         Florida State                      Jr.      3.84        Management

John Berens                    Rice                                    Sr.     4.00        Biochemistry & Cell Biology/ Psych.

Jack Bolas                        Wisconsin                          Sr.     3.67        Zoology

Chris Dickman                 Wichita State                    Gr.     3.95        Mechanical Engineering

Nicholas Gordon            Nebraska                           Jr.      3.46        Political Science

Cyrus Hostetler              Oregon                              Sr.     3.62        Art

Brian Joyce                      Evansville                           Sr.     4.00        Exercise Science

Chris Labosky                  Yale                                     Sr.     3.98        Humanities

Darius Law                       Charlotte                           Jr.      4.00        Business Management

Jason Lewis                     Arizona State                    Gr.     3.70        History

David McNeill                 Northern Arizona             Sr.     3.75        Exercise Science

Lee Ellis Moore              Mississippi                         Jr.      4.00        Biological Science

Ryan Vail                          Oklahoma State                Sr.     3.62        International Studies

Mark Van Orden            U.S. Naval Academy         Sr.     3.63        English

Ryan Whiting                  Arizona State                    Sr.     3.42        Civil Engineering

Updated 06-22-2010

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