track and Field -- Pacific grad DeeDee Arnall continues to pile up accolades with her recent academic award from ESPN The Magazine
Nearly a month after receiving her degrees from Pacific University, DeeDee Arnall continues to receive honors for her academic and athletic achievements with selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Track and Field Team.
Arnall was named to the Academic All-America College Division Third Team, which is composed of NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA athletes from across the nation. She was one of only three athletes from the West Coast named and the only representative from the Northwest Conference.
It is the third time that Arnall, a Warrenton High School graduate, has been selected to an Academic All-America Team in the program coordinated by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), but it is the first time she has been selected in track and field. Arnall previously earned Academic All-America honors in women's basketball, with second team selections in 2005 and 2006.
Arnall graduated magna cum laude from Pacific in May with a double major in biology and exercise science. She maintained a 3.73 grade point average while balancing standout careers in both basketball and track.
Arnall became only the second Pacific athlete to be named All-American in two sports when she finished second in the javelin at the NCAA Division III Championships in May. She earned her trophy with a then-lifetime best throw of 153 feet, 2 inches, finishing second to Lisa Brown of Gustavus Adolphus. Since then, Arnall has thrown 154 feet, 3 inches in open meets and has met the provisional qualifying mark for the 2006 U.S. Track and Field Championships.
Leading up to nationals, Arnall won her third Northwest Conference championship in four years in the javelin and also finished fifth in the shot put. In April, Arnall threw what was then the nation's best mark in the javelin with a heave of 152 feet, 11 inches to win the 'B' section at the Texas Relays. She was the only non-Division I competitor in the event.
Arnall's combined efforts in both track and basketball earned her the 2005 Ad Rutschman Award, which is presented annually to the top male and female small college athletes in Oregon. She is likely to be among the finalists again in 2006.
The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female students-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in all NCAA championship sports.