Two Vikings named CoSIDA Capital One Academic District 8 All-Stars
May 31, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University distance runner Eric Brill and decathlete Alex Harrison have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America NCAA Division II Capital One Academic District 8 men's cross country and track & field team.
The all-district honorees advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot where All-America honorees will be selected in June. District 8 is made up of schools in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Great Northwest Athletic Conference and Pacific West Conference.
Brill, a senior from Kent (graduate of Kentwood High School), is maintaining a 3.89 grade point average (4.0 scale). He is a post-baccalaureate student, completing a bachelor of education degree in secondary education after receiving a bachelor of art degree in English Literature last spring.
Last fall, Brill received United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete recognition and was a Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star, both for the third time.
He helped the Vikings place 10th at the NCAA II Cross Country National Championships, placing 72nd individually, and finished 21st at the West Regional to earn all-star honors.
Brill was also a three-time GNAC academic all-star in outdoor track. At this spring's GNAC Championships, he placed sixth in both the 5,000 meters and 3,000 steeplechase and eighth in the 10,000.
Brill was president of WWU's Student Athletic Advisory Committee for 2011-12.
Harrison, a senior from Edmonds (graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School), has a 3.85 GPA. He has earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy Specialization), a master's degree in Human Movement and Performance and is now working on his doctorate degree.
WWU's 2011-12 Male Scholar-Athlete, Harrison earned USTFCCCA All-America honors by placing seventh in the decathlon at outdoor track nationals. He also received the school's male scholar-athlete award for 2009-10 before missing the next season with a hamstring injury.
A three-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star, Harrison bettered his school records this spring in both the decathlon with 6,772 points and javelin with a mark of 214-7.
Harrison was the GNAC decathlon champion for the second time, posting a meet record point total of 6,598. He also won that 10-event test at the league meet in 2010 as well as placing first in the javelin.
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