Pacific athletes continue to accumulate academic hardware

Pacific women's program earns academic distinction for the second straight year

For the second straight year, Pacific University's women's track and field team has been recognized as an NCAA Division III All-Academic Track and Field Team by the U.S. Track and Field And Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Boxers were one of 111 Division III women's track programs recognized by the coaches association, which honor teams that have a cumulative grade point average of 3.10 or better. The 21-athlete Pacific program compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.22 in 2011. Pacific was recognized for the first time by the USTFCCA after the 2010 season.

'We're very pleased that the great work our team does in the classroom has been selected for recognition again by the USTFCCCA,' said Pacific head track and field coach Tim Boyce. 'We are fortunate to work with a great group of young women and men on our track and field team.'

The selection of the women's team for all-academic honors is the latest in a number of academic accolades earned this season. Seven Pacific women's track athletes were named to the Academic All-Northwest Conference Team last week.

In June, sophomore jumper and multi-event specialist Chloe Hallyburton was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Track and Field/Cross Country Team.

In all, five of the Northwest Conference's eight women's track and field teams were selected as all-academic programs by the USTFCCCA.