Six Vikings Earn Academic All-District Honors

May 30, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. Six Western Washington University student-athletes have earned selection to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s (CoSIDA) Division II Academic All-District 8 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams.

On the men’s team, sophomore javelin thrower Alex Barry, and senior pole vaulter Gordie Kordas and senior distance runner/cross country team member Andrew Wise. The women’s squad was represented by WWU junior pole vaulter Anna Paradee, senior triple jumper Jasmine McMullin and graduate student javelin thrower Bethany Drake.

The Vikings contingent made up six of the seven selections from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on the All-District Academic team, which consisted of student-athletes from the GNAC, California Collegiate Athletic Association and the PacWest.

WWU student-athletes named to the team included the following, who had to meet a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.30 while being at least a sophomore in standing as a competitor at their institution.

Name

Event

Year

Hometown

GPA

Major

Alex Barry

Javelin

So.

Sequim, WA

3.48

Kinesiology (Pre Physical Therapy)

Gordie Kordas

Pole Vault

Sr.

Blaine, WA

3.76

Chemistry

Andrew Wise

Distance

Sr.

Denver, CO

3.50

Journalism & Environmental Policy

Bethany Drake

Javelin

Gr.

Sandy, OR

4.00

Master’s in Teaching (Art Education)

Anna Paradee

Pole Vault

Jr.

Tacoma, WA

3.82

Kinesiology (Pre Physical Therapy)

Jasmine McMullin

Triple Jump/Long Jump

Sr.

Sequim, WA

3.93

English

Barry, who has a 3.48 cumulative grade point average as a kinesiology major, was the only GNAC men’s javelin thrower to go over 200 feet this season, throwing 204 feet, 5 inches (62.30m) at April’s Bryan Clay Invite. Barry was the 2017 GNAC outdoor champion in the event, winning with an effort of 198 feet, 11.75 inches.

Kordas, who has a 3.76 GPA as a chemistry major, led the Vikings and was 3rd in the GNAC in the pole vault with a season best of 15 feet, 9 inches (4.80m), at the Oregon Twilight. The mark was also 6th-best in WWU history and just outside of the GNAC all-time top 10. Kordas finished 5th at the GNAC Outdoor Championships, and posted a season-best of 15 feet, 9.25 inches (4.81m) during the indoor season, also 6th-best in WWU history.

Wise, who has a 3.50 GPA as a journalism and environmental policy major, was a contributor for the Vikings in both the cross country and track seasons. His best efforts came in the indoor season, placing 4th in the 3,000 meters at the GNAC Championships in 8:40.29. He went on to place 6th in the steeplechase (9:22.66) and 8th in the 5,000 meters (15:37.14) at the GNAC Outdoor Championships. During the cross country season, Wise earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors with a 20th place finish at the NCAA West Region Championships.

Paradee, who has a 3.82 GPA as a kinesiology major, had a banner junior season in which she set the WWU and GNAC outdoor records in the pole vault with a 13 feet, 1.75 inches (4.01m). She earned Second Team All-America honors finishing 11th in the event at the NCAA II Outdoor Championships. She was took first in the GNAC Indoor Championships, while also setting WWU and conference marks, and placed 7th at the NCAA II Indoor Championships.

Drake finished her undergraduate career with a 3.87 GPA in Art Education and has a 4.00 GPA in her master’s in teaching program. She capped her collegiate career over the weekend winning the javelin competition at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, her second career national title.

McMullin, who has a 3.93 GPA as an English major, repeated as the GNAC outdoor triple jump champion with a winning mark of 39 feet, 6.5 inches (12.05m). She finished with a season best of 40 feet, 3.25 inches (12.27m) at the Bryan Clay Invitational. The mark ranks No. 2 on the WWU all-time list and No. 3 on the GNAC all-time list.

With their selections, the six student-athletes will be forwarded on to the ballots for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Track & Field and Cross Country Teams. Those squads will be announced on Thursday, June 22.

The Vikings earlier placed 29 student-athletes on the GNAC Track & Field All-Academic Team and 14 on the GNAC Cross Country All-Academic Team.

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