Dec. 14, 2007
Stanford redshirt senior Rachel Buehler, senior Arianna Lambie and redshirt senior Neftalem Araia were named as selections for the inaugural Toyo Tires Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award by the Toy Tire (U.S.A) Corporation today. Working with the Pac-10 Conference, the company established awards to honor collegiate student-athletes that have made significant contributions to both their sport and academic discipline.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year award will be given to one student-athlete in each of the Pac-10's 22 sponsored sports. Eligible student-athletes include seniors on track to receive a degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher who have been at their institution for more than a year and participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in their particular sport.
As one of the Toyo Tires Pac-10 Scholar Athletes of the Year, Buehler will receive a
commemorative award and the Toyo Tire Corporation will donate $1,000 to the scholarship fund of Stanford's athletic department. The nomination and awarding process will continue until May 2008. Pressey joins Arizona's Spencer Larsen (Football), Washington's Kevin Forrest (Men's Soccer), and Angie Pressey of California (Women's Volleyball) as the recipients of this wave of awards. In addition to the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, Toyo is also a proud sponsor of Pac-10 men's basketball.
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.
`Toyo is proud to support the Pac-10 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts,' said Steve Hutchinson, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation. `By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders.'
Buehler, a senior from Del Mar, Calif, was one of three Stanford players named First Team All-Pac-10 and has already been named the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year. She was also named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS First Team.
Lambie, a senior from Harvard, Mass., claimed the Pac-10 Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the third straight year after defending her Pac-10 title with a clocking of 19:40. Stanford runners have won the Pac-10 individual title in seven of the last nine championships. Lambie went on to finish fifth (20:31) at the NCAA West Regional and placed ninth (20:18) at the NCAA Championships leading the Cardinal to its third consecutive NCAA title.
Araia, a senior from Indianapolis, Ind. is one of the top runners in the nation with five All-American honors, has anchored the men's distance program with outstanding performances in the postseason. He has finished in the top-12 in three of his NCAA Cross Country Championships. Araia was the top Stanford finisher at the 2007 NCAA Championships, finishing 50th with a time of 30:42.0.