|Four earn academic honor|
MOSCOW, Idaho - Four University of Idaho men's student-athletes were announced on Thursday as Capital One Academic All-District VIII honorees for the 2010-11 track and field/cross country seasons, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
One Vandal senior and three juniors were honored with spots on the All-District Second Team, including two who made the list for a second year in a row. Juniors Jeremy Klas and Markus Geiger were repeat honorees, while senior Eugenio Mannucci and junior Jeremiah Dubie were honored for the first time.
"Those four guys really define what it means to be a student-athlete," Idaho director of track and field Wayne Phipps said. "They've shown that they can compete at an extremely high level, and also produce at a very high level in the classroom, and that's a great statement about our athletic department and our university."
Dubie is a third-year Vandal distance runner and cross country athlete from Kearsage, N.H., who holds a 3.94 grade-point average in Food Science. He earned three second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors this season, two indoors and one outdoors.
He took fourth in the 5000m and fifth in the 3000m at the WAC Indoor Championships and then finished fourth in the 10,000m with the ninth-fastest time in school history (30:52.39). In the cross country season, Dubie scored for Idaho in five of the team's six meets, including four times at the No. 3 finisher spot.
Geiger was the 2011 WAC Men's Indoor Track Co-Performer of the Year, the 2009 WAC Indoor Men's Freshman of the Year and 2008 WAC Men's Cross Country Freshman of the Year. He is from Bad Neustadt, Germany, and is majoring in Electrical Engineering with a 3.84 cumulative GPA.
He led Idaho with 18 points at the WAC Indoor Championships this year after winning the 5000m and taking second in the 3000m. He was Idaho's top cross country finisher in three of the team's six meets, including the WAC Championships, where he took third overall. He is a seven-time first-team all-WAC honoree and a two-time WAC Athlete of the Week.
Jeremy Klas rewrote the Idaho record book during the indoor season with a school-record clearance of 17-9 (5.41m) in the pole vault and a second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he earned USTFFFCA Honorable Mention All-America recognition. The Moscow, Idaho, native posted a 3.52 GPA in Computer Science.
Klas is a five-time first-team all-WAC honoree and three-time WAC champion in the vault. He is the only man in Idaho history to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the event, and he's done it in consecutive years. His 17-9 vault this indoor season was tied for fifth in the NCAA and 11th overall in the U.S. He was a 2010 Second-Team Academic All-District pick and is a two-time USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic honoree.
Mannucci is a senior from Viterbo, Italy, who graduated in December with a 3.75 GPA in Animal and Veterinary Science (Pre-Vet). He is a three-time WAC champion in the shot put and a five-time first-team all-WAC honoree. He won both the indoor and outdoor WAC shot put titles in 2011 and last weekend, booked his second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships final round.
On May 12, Mannucci became the seventh Vandal in history to break the 60-foot barrier in the event and ranks sixth all-time with a best of 60-5.75 (18.43m). This year, he joined Vandal legends Ray McDonald, Joachim Olsen, Simon Stewart and Russ Winger as the fifth Idaho man to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the shot put in consecutive seasons.
Vandal track and field student-athletes have earned 22 Academic All-District honors since 2008. The men's team has a cumulative 3.03 team GPA, while the women hold a 3.31 team average.
"It's always one of our team goals to have our team GPA above 3.0 and have every athlete above a 3.0," Phipps said. "This shows that our goals are being met and our student-athletes are taking it very seriously to achieve success on the track and work toward earning their degrees, as well."
To be considered for the honor, student-athletes must have achieved sophomore standing both athletically and academically and must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. The teams are voted upon by the sports information directors in each of the eight respective districts.