Western tracksters earn academic honor

The Wolves have a total of 12 athletes on the GNAC squad.


Western Oregon's Zoe Skordahl

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon's Zoe Skordahl and Erika Snawder have been added to the 2010 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Track & Field Academic Team to give Western Oregon 12 selections during the 2010 season.

Skordahl earned the honor with a 3.476 grade point average as a Communication major and Spanish minor. The sophomore from Oakridge competed for the Wolves in indoor and outdoor track and cross country during the 2009-10 school year. Skordahl this season ran the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 17.84 seconds, the eighth-fastest time in school history.

Snawder, who also competed in all three sports for Western Oregon this season, captured the Academic All-GNAC honor with a 3.615 GPA as an American Sign Language major with an emphasis in English interrupting.

Snawder went to South Salem High School) and came to Western Oregon after a one-year stop at Linfield. Snawder's name is peppered throughout the Wolves' record books as she ranks fifth in the indoor mile (5:12.38), sixth in the outdoor 1500 (4:39.86) and ninth in the outdoor 5k (18:25.34). Snawder was also a member of the distance medley relay team which captured sixth place during the indoor season (12:47.74).

Skordahl and Snawder join WOU's Alee Rowley, Tricia Morrison, Amanda Wright, Ali Mosher, Kelsey Neilson, Justin Karr, Braxton Jackson, Brandon Snook, Matt McCrary and Matt Schryvers on the GNAC Academic team.

To be eligible for the academic team, student-athletes must have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and be in at least their second year of competition at their university. They must also qualify to compete in either the GNAC indoor or outdoor championship meet.


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