Utah State

TRACK & FIELD: Steven Strickland has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District VIII men's track and field/cross country second team, it was announced on Thursday.

Strickland, a sophomore from Orem, has a cumulative 3.61 grade-point average in biology.

During the 2007-08 season, Strickland claimed two Western Athletic Conference championships as he won the 3,000 meter steeplechase during the outdoor season and the 3,000 meters during the indoor season. He also placed second in the 5,000 meters and seventh in the 1,500 meters at the WAC Outdoor Championships, and third in the 5,000 meters during the WAC Indoor Championships to help the Aggies claim the team title.

Strickland also earned first-team all-WAC honors in cross country this past season, as he placed third at the 2007 WAC Championships, helping Utah State win its third straight WAC title.

District VIII is made up of schools from Arizona, California, Hawai, Oregon, Utah and Washington.


BASKETBALL: The University of Utah women's basketball camp still has openings for its upcoming Elite and All-Skills camps. The Utes are hosting an Elite Camp for 10th-12th graders on June 12-14, and an All-Skills Camp for 7th-9th graders on June 16-18. Prices start at $175 for commuters and $250 for overnight campers.

For more information, contact Matt Legerski in the women's basketball office, 801-581-4366.

TRACK & FIELD: Utah's Lauren Endersen and Alyssa Abbott were both named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII track and field and cross country teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Endersen was a first-team selection and will be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors, while Abbott was named to the second team.

Endersen was the Mountain West Conference champion in the 10,000 meters this season with a 42-second lifetime best in the event (35:58.21).

Other notable highlights from the outdoor season included winning the women's University division in the 8,000-km road race at the Drake Relays.

She scored points at the MWC Indoor Championships in the 5,000 meters and was one of the top cross country runners for Utah in the fall. Endersen is majoring in biology.

Abbott was an NCAA regional qualifier in both the 1,500 and the 800 meters. She finished ninth in the 1,500 at the regional meet and holds the best time in the MWC in the event this season.

Abbott was also the Utes' top cross country runner in the fall, finishing 20th at the MWC Championships. She is majoring in exercise and sport science.

Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has

bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.