June 27, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After an excellent 2012-13 academic year both on the track and in the classroom, Wyoming track and field senior Brandon Douglass was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Track and Field Third Team on Thursday morning.
Douglass, a Casper, Wyo. native, excelled in the classroom as he earned a 3.97 GPA as a physiology major and earned 2012-13 Academic All-MW honors and a MW Scholar Athlete. In May, he was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 recipient.
"Brandon is the type of student-athlete that works hard at everything he does," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "We are proud of him for this amazing accomplishment."
"It's a great recognition for Brandon," added Assistant Coach Shaun Meinecke. "He had an outstanding year on the track and to finish as an Academic All-American shows you what kind of student-athlete he is."
On the indoor track, Douglass earned UW's No. 1 all-time mark in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best 7.90 for third place at the MW Indoor Championships, earning All-MW honors for the feat.
During the outdoor season, he qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary in the 110-meter hurdles and advanced to the quarterfinals round at the meet, placing 22nd in 14.28 seconds. Douglass earned All-MW honors in the 110-meter hurdles at the MW Championships in Las Vegas in early May by way of his 14.12 mark for second place. Ranked as high as No. 37 in the country for the 110-meter hurdles during the outdoor season, he ran a 13.97 in the 110-meter hurdles at the Jack Christiansen Invite, Wyoming's fourth best all-time mark for the event. At the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, he finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles and also helped the 4x100 relay team to 12th place.
A three-time Academic All-MW and MW Scholar Athlete honoree during his career, Douglass owns Wyoming's all-time best 60-meter hurdles time (7.90; 2013), fourth best indoor pole vault (16-0.75; 2011) and second best heptathlon point total (5,098; 2012). Along with owning the school's fourth best 110-meter hurdles time (13.97; 2013), he achieved UW's ninth best outdoor pole vault (15-1; 2010) and eighth best decathlon point total (6,620; 2012).
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.