Harrison a first-team Capital One Academic All-American
June 20, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University's Alex Harrison was a first-team pick and Eric Brill received second-team recognition on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II Track & Field/Cross Country Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Harrison, a senior from Edmonds (graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School), has a 3.89 grade point average (4.0 scale). He is the first track and field athlete in school history and just the third in Great Northwest Athletic Conference history to receive first-team CoSIDA All-America honors.
The GNAC and WWU Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2011-12, Harrison earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology (specializing in Pre-Physical Therapy) in the spring of 2011, a master's degree in Human Movement and Performance and is preparing to pursue a doctorate degree.
Harrison was a three-time GNAC academic all-star and also received WWU Male Scholar Athlete of the Year honors for 2009-10. He was a two-time CoSIDA all-district selection earning that honor in both 2010 and 2012.
Harrison earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America honors in both 2010 when he finished fifth at nationals in the javelin with a toss of 200-9 and this spring when he placed seventh in the decathlon with 6,677 points.
Harrison had school-record performances in both the decathlon (6,772) and javelin (214-7) in 2012. His decathlon score ranks second in GNAC history and his javelin distance is third all-time.
Harrison finished his career winning three GNAC conference titles including the decathlon in both 2010 and 2012 and the javelin in 2010.
Harrison scored a meet-record total of 6,598 points in winning the GNAC decathlon title this spring after missing the 2010-11 season with a hamstring injury.
Brill, a senior from Kent (graduate of Kentwood High School), has a 3.90 GPA and is working on a degree in secondary education after completing a bachelor's degree in English with a Literature emphasis in the spring of 2011. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.
A four-year letter winner in both cross country and track and field, Brill was a three-time GNAC Academic all-star in both sports. He twice received CoSIDA academic all-district honors in cross country and was a USTFCCCA National Scholar-Athlete three times in cross country and once in track.
Brill helped WWU to four straight top 10 team national finishes in cross country from 2008 to 2011, and was a West Region all-star last fall.
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