CHENEY, Wash. — Eastern Washington student-athletes Bobby Say and Hally Ruff were each selected to the 2022-23 Academic All-District® Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by College Sports Communicators and announced late last week. The awards recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom.
Say, a senior from Maple Valley, Wash. had a senior year to remember, winning the triple jump at the 2023 Big Sky Indoor Championships before finishing 2nd outdoors. He qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships West Regional in Sacramento and finished 6th, becoming just the 3rd Eagle male track and field student-athlete to reach nationals since 2010. Say earned a 4.0 GPA as a Business Administration major and ranks in the top ten on EWU All-Time Outdoor Performance list in both the triple (4th) and long jumps (6th). Nationals in Austin, Texas begin this week and Say will compete on Friday night.
Ruff, a graduate student out of Walla Walla, Wash., also had a standout year in the pole vault, finishing 3rd at conference indoors and 1st outdoors, qualifying for regionals in Sacramento. Ruff earned a 3.85 GPA while also studying Business Administration. Her mark of 4.13 meters (13′ 6.25″) ranks 5th in Eastern history outdoors.
The CSC Academic All-America® program separately recognizes track & field/cross country honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced June 28 (women) and June 29 (men).
The Division II and III CSC Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CSC with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2022-23 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA CSC Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA governance structure.
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