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