May 28, 2008
The Pac-10 Conference named its spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year today and Russell Brown
(track and field) and Rob Grube
(golf) were included on the list of 10 student-athletes who were standouts both academically and athletically in their respective sports.
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% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.
The 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.
Brown, who carries a 3.44 as a political science major, finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships in the 1500 meters this spring and will be attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the event this weekend at the West Regionals in Northridge, Calif.
Grube recently earned his fourth consecutive first team All-Pac-10 Award at the conference championship tournament and was also named the Pac-10's Men's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year. He has posted five top-10 finishes in his 11 tournaments this season. Grube, a political science and history major with a 3.20 grade point average, is a finalist for both the Cleveland Golf Byron Nelson Award and the Ben Hogan Award.
"The Pac-10 joins Toyo in recognizing these student-athletes during the 2007-08 academic year," said Tom Hansen, Commissioner of the Pac-10. "To be selected as the best student-athlete in any sport in the Pac-10 is a very special honor, and these are special young people, in academics as well as athletics. We are very appreciative that Toyo is helping them gain the recognition they deserve for their unique achievements."
The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for spring, include:
Russell Brown, Stanford - Men's Track and Field, 3.44 - political science
Mathieu Dehaine, UCLA - Men's Tennis, 3.81 - business-economics/math & applied science
Rob Grube, Stanford - Men's Golf, 3.20 - political science and history
April Kubishta, Arizona State - Women's Track and Field, 4.00 - mathematics
Jayson Miller, Washington State - Baseball, 3.69 - accounting
Kaylie Towne, Oregon State - Women's Rowing, 3.75 - science
Jackie Vasquez, Arizona State - Softball, 3.65 - special education
Justin Wagner, Oregon State - Men's Rowing, 3.97 - biology
Alison Walshe, Arizona - Women's Golf, 3.51 - interdisciplinary studies
Riza Zalameda, UCLA - Women's Tennis, 3.40 - anthropology