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Great news on the academic front...a LadyBack softball player wins the SEC academic award, and 2 LadyBacks make the Verizon Academic All-America team. Very impressive for the ladies.

Here are the articles..courtesy <a href="http://www.ladybacks.com" target="_blank">www.ladybacks.com</a>

Woolley earns SEC's highest honor

FAYETTEVILLE---Senior softball player Tiffany Woolley became the second University of Arkansas student-athlete to earn the Southeastern Conference's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award Thursday.
Woolley, a perfect 4.0 accounting major, joins Jessica (Field) Phelan as the only Arkansas athletes, male or female, to earned the SEC's highest honor.
"We are extremely proud of Tiffany and everything she stands for here at the University of Arkansas," Women's Athletics Director Bev Lewis said. "She has been a leader for both her team and our Women's Athletic Department during her four years as a Lady Razorback."
Woolley is a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Razorback softball team and was named team MVP last season. As a junior at the SEC Tournament, Woolley hit .308 and was perfect in the field at third base to earn all-tournament honors. Entering her senior season, Woolley was a career .263 hitter and ranked top ten in 12 of 19 career statistical categories at Arkansas including the career leader in sacrifice bunts with 36.
"This is a tremendous honor for Tiffany, for the Arkansas softball program and for the University as a whole," said head coach Carie Dever-Boaz. "She is the epitome of what a student-athlete should be both on and off the field. She continues to be a wonderful representation of what we would like all of our players to be."
Woolley was a two-time Morning News Invitational all-tournament team selection (2000 and 2001) and a 1999 Hampton Inn Invitational all-tournament team pick. She was voted Most Inspirational and earned the team Golden Glove Award in 2000.
The daughter of Rodney and Judy Woolley of Tulsa, Okla., Woolley has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three years and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society. Woolley became the first Lady Razorback named first-team academic all-American since 1994, when she was voted the honor last year. She is the first softball player to earn the honor and the first Lady Razorback named first-team on a team ballot.
Woolley has earned several honors from the Walton College of Business including being one of six students to receive the Walton College's 2001-02 First Ranked Senior Scholar Award honoring graduates with the highest grade-point-average in the college.
In addition to academics and athletics, Woolley is active in several community projects as well including working at youth clinics, visiting hospitals, nursing homes, elementary schools and participating in holiday programs. Woolley has served on the Arkansas Women's Athletics Student-Advisory Committee in each of her four years and assisted with skills clinics for kids at NCAA and SEC softball and volleyball championships. She has also been involved with Arkansas' Athletes Outreach programs and participated in a fundraiser for the American Red Cross 9/11 Victims and Families Fund
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And the second..also from <a href="http://www.ladybacks.com" target="_blank">www.ladybacks.com</a>

Byrd Named Academic All-American of the Year

FAYETTEVILLE - Senior distance star Andriena Byrd was named the 2002 Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for women's cross country/track & field and was one of three University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks to earn academic all-America honors.
The academic all-America of the year award is the first won by a University of Arkansas student-athlete with Byrd distinguishing herself among hundreds of other cross country and track athletes from across the nation. Of the 45 student-athletes that were named to one of the three all-America teams, Byrd was one of seven 4.0 GPAs on the first team, but set herself apart from her peers with her outstanding athletic accomplishments.
Byrd, a two-time all-American on the track and five-time SEC Champion, earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average in microbiology. At the 2002 SEC Outdoor Track Championships in May, Byrd took the SEC title in the 5,000-meter run, going away. Byrd earned all-America honors in both the 2001 and 2002 indoor track seasons as a member of Arkansas' distance medley relay team.
"This is a great honor for Andreina and the University of Arkansas," Lady Razorback head coach Lance Harter said. "The University has never had an academic all-America of the year and for it to come on the heels of all the other great things that University has done and is about to do is very special. All three of these ladies have worked very hard both in the classroom and on the track and I am honored to have them on our squad."
Also making the first team for the Lady Razorbacks is senior Marie LeJour. Another all-American in track, LeJour also completed her college career with a 4.0. A kinesiology major, LeJour earned her all-America honor by finishing seventh at the NCAA indoor championships in the 20-pound weight throw. LeJour also won the 2001 SEC Outdoor Track Commissioner's Trophy for scoring the most points at the conference championships.
Rounding out the Lady Razorback showing on the all-America teams is junior Jamie Walker who garnered second-team honors with her 3.95 GPA in chemistry. Walker was also an all-American in 2000 in the heptathlon and a World Junior Championships competitor the same year. Walker finished fifth at the SEC indoor championships in the pentathlon and redshirted the outdoor season. This spring, Walker was awarded the Jacob Sacks award by the department of chemistry for being the outstanding junior chemistry/pre-med student.
Arkansas was one of two institutions to have two first-team academic all-Americans and were also one of two schools to place three student-athletes, the maximum nomination per institution, among the three teams. The University of Tulsa and Nebraska were the other schools, respectively.
The Verizon Academic All-America team requires that student-athletes must be a starter or key reserve player on their team and earn a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA. Student-athletes must also be of sophomore or higher standing both academically and athletically. The Academic all-America program is celebrating its 50th year in 2002. Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the Verizon teams recognize more student-athletes throughout the course of the year than any other academic award program.

Verizon Academic all-America Women's Cross Country/Track and Field Team
First Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Sonya Ahmed Mo.-Kansas City Sr. Prairie Village, Kan. 3.99 Medicine
Siri Alfhelm Okla. St. Gr. Kopervik, Norway 3.83 Occupational & Adult Ed.
Misty Ballard-Swan Stephen F. Austin Sr. Carlsbad, N.M. 4.00 English/Spanish
Stacia Beste Illinois State Sr. Shorewood, Wis. 3.90 Psychology
Ann Marie Brooks Missouri Sr. St. Joseph, Mo. 4.01 Plant Science
Andreina Byrd Arkansas Sr. Lambsheim, Germany 4.00 Microbiology
Debbie Cardenas Tulsa Sr. Jefferson City, Mo. 4.00 Accounting
Tara Chaplin Arizona Sr. Montpelier, Vt. 3.57 Studio Art
Gina Curtis Iowa State Gr. Brooklyn Park, Minn. 3.78 MBA
Whitney Evans Washington State Jr. Calgary, Alberta 3.98 Finance
Marie LeJour Arkansas Sr. Pierrefond, Quebec 4.00 Kinesiology
Heather Sagan Liberty Sr. Warrenton, Va. 3.88 Secondary Education
Charlotte Sanderson Tulsa Sr. York, England 4.00 Biology
Austra Skuyte Kansas State Sr. Birzai, Lithuania 3.77 Kinesiology
Megan Westfall Florida Sr. Tallahassee, Fla. 3.70 Zoology
Trish Young Louisville Sr. Owen Sound, Ontario 4.00 Exercise Physiology

Second Team
Lisa Aguilera Arizona State Jr. Peoria, Ariz. 3.49 Computer Engineering/Finance
Allison Beckford Rice Jr. Sawanna-la-Mar, Jamaica 3.34 Kinesiology
Rachel Burns Wake Forest Sr. Walhalla, S.C. 3.98 Biology
Cicely Clinkenbeard Washington State Gr. Okanogan, Wash. 3.93 Communications
Brianna Glenn Arizona Sr. La Miranda, Calif. 3.41 Marketing
Jodie Hughes Colorado Sr. The Woodlands, Texas 3.75 Advertising
Kara Koppel Coastal Carolina Jr. McDonald, Ohio 4.00 Psychology
Jenna Lucas Nebraska Sr. Rapid City, S.D. 3.97 Biological Sciences
Amy Mortimer Kansas State Jr. Manhattan, Kan. 3.82 Accounting
Melissa Price Nebraska Sr. Anaheim, Calif. 3.79 Sociology
Ann Steohshulte Purdue Sr. Columbus, Grove, Ohio 3.97 Movement/Sport Science
Laura Van Hoevelaak Purdue Sr. Hamilton, Ontario 4.00 Medicine
Mary Varga Akron Sr. Tallmadge, Ohio 3.88 Education
Jamie Walker Arkansas Jr. Fort Worth, Texas 3.95 Chemistry

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