Nov. 30, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference has named the fall Scholar-Athletes of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires®. Stanford was well represented as Chris Derrick won the award for cross country, while Teresa Noyola was honored for women's soccer. These awards have been established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
"It is always a challenge selecting the Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year because there are so many remarkable student-athletes in our Conference," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "The Pac-12 is extremely proud of it's heritage of academic and athletic excellence and this group of student-athletes is an example of achieving balance and success at the highest levels."
Derrick is coming off another incredible cross-country season, finishing as the NCAA runner-up. The senior has now finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships all four years, becoming just the sixth athlete in history to do so. Derrick was also the Pac-12 runner-up and now is an 11-time All-American in cross country and track and field. The Naperville, Ill., native carries a 3.86 grade-point average in economics and is on track to graduate this spring.
Noyola has helped lead the Cardinal back to the College Cup for a fourth-straight season. The senior has contributed eight goals and a team-leading 14 assists to help Stanford to a remarkable 23-0-1 record. Noyola and her classmates are undefeated in their careers at home and 93-4-4 overall. She was named to first team All-Pac-12 for the third time this season and is also a two-time NSCAA All-American. The Palo Alto native owns a 3.52 GPA while majoring in math and computational science.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12's 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's rowing, women's rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & "eld, women's track & "eld, women's volleyball, and wrestling.
Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments. "Toyo is proud to support the Pac-12 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts," said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. "By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders."
The Pac-12 Conference, in cooperation with Pac-12 corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the "Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires" during the 2007-08 academic year.
The full list of Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes for fall include:
Chris Derrick, Stanford - Men's cross country, 3.86 - economics
Christine Babcock, Washington - Women's cross country, 3.93 - early childhood and family studies
Jared Karstetter, Washington State - Football, 3.61 - zoology
Brent Richards, Washington - Men's soccer, 3.73 - pre-major
Teresa Noyola, Stanford - Women's soccer, 3.52 - math and computational science
Tarah Murrey, California - Volleyball, 3.21 - sociology