Dec. 9, 2010
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford senior Elliott Heath was named the Pac-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires for men's cross country. Heath maintains a 3.57 GPA in engineering.
Heath is coming off a season where he won the Pac-10 individual title, completing a 1-2-3 sweep with teammates Chris Derrick and Jacob Riley. Stanford captured the Pac-10 team title for the second consecutive season.
The Winona, Minn., native was a key member of the Cardinal team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the year. At the NCAA meet, Heath finished 42nd, helping Stanford to a podium finish in fourth place.
Heath has been an athletic standout for his entire career at Stanford, amassing four All-America honors.
In the classroom, Heath has been just as impressive. He has been named a United States Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association All-Academic team in both 2009 and 2010 and earned various All-Academic awards from both the Pac-10 and the MPSF.
The Pac-10 named the Scholar-Athletes of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires, to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 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 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-10 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 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-10'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 & field, women's track & field, 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.
The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for fall are:
Elliott Heath, Stanford - Men's cross country, 3.57 - engineering
Alexandra Kosinski, Oregon - Women's cross country, 3.83 - sociology
Mike Mohamed, California - Football, 3.43 - business administration
Christen Press, Stanford - Women's soccer, 3.61 - communications
Jill Sawatzky, Oregon State - Volleyball, 3.96 - business administration
Bobby Warshaw, Stanford - Men's soccer, 3.57 - political science