Wilson and Washburn named to 2007 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Cross Country First Team
IRVING, Texas -- Two Texas Cross Country student-athletes, graduate student Owen Washburn and senior Ryan Wilson, were named to the 2007 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Cross Country First Team, announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Wilson is a repeat selection with a 3.38 as he was named to the 2006 academic squad. He is enrolled in the nation's best accounting program, the prestigious Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) in the McCombs School of Business. The four-year letterwinner has competed at three Big 12 Cross Country Championships and one NCAA South Central Championships since his freshman year in 2004. Wilson has also excelled on the track, meeting the NCAA regional standard in 2006 and 2007, and scoring at two conference championships.
This year, Wilson has competed at two races. He scored at the Texas State Invitational as the fifth UT runner to cross the line. At the 2007 Blue Ridge Open, he finished in the top 10 Longhorn harriers.
Washburn, who just started his second season at UT in August, maintains a 3.66 grade-point average in the master's program in the LBJ School of Public Policy. The 2006 Brown University graduate transferred to Texas in the summer following his graduation. The NCAA Midwest Region qualifier in the 5,000-meter run competed in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field in his first season on the Forty Acres.
Washburn opened his 2007 campaign with a five-point performance at the Blue Ridge Open.
Next up for the Longhorns is the 2007 Big 12 Cross Country Championships. For the first time in conference history, Texas Tech will host the league meet with the men's 8K race starting at 10 a.m. CDT on Friday, Oct. 26.