Big South Posts Two T&F Academic All-Americans

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Brett Olinger Tabbed Capital One Academic All-America
TOWSON, Md. - Radford graduate Brett Olinger (Timberville, Va. / Broadway) added to his list of accolades on Thursday afternoon, as he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He becomes the Highlanders' third Academic All-America® in Track and Field and the 15th in school history.
 
"Brett had an amazing career at Radford, both on and off the track," assistant coach Mark White commented. "He has forever made his stamp on Radford Track and Field as a student-athlete." 
 
Olinger, who finished with a 3.97 GPA in business management, was also a two-time Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year recipient.
 
Last year, the two-time Big South Champion in the 400-meter hurdles was a two-time all-academic selection, earning Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team accolades. He went on to become a USTFCCCA Academic All-American.
 
Another highlight of Olinger's career was in 2011 when he set a new school record in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2011 Big South Outdoor Championships to win the title and qualify for the NCAA East Region Championships. He also leaves Radford as a member of the school-record tying 4x400-meter relay team, which was set at the 2009 NCAA East Region Championships.  
 
In addition to his academic/athletic career, Olinger served as a peer mentor/tutor in the Learning Enhancement Center.
 
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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 15,000 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.

Wortham Named to Academic All-American Third Team
VMI alumna Carrie Wortham '12 has been named to the Capital One Academic All-American women's track and field/cross country third team, as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday morning.

Wortham is VMI's first Academic All-American since Kevin Sullivan, also of the track and field programs, was named Second Team Academic All-American in 2007. The pole vaulter graduated in May with a 3.91 GPA in biology, and was named VMI's first Big South Woman of the Year in late May. She is now a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year honor, which will be decided in mid-October.

"Carrie worked very hard during her time at VMI, and is deserving of this honor," said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. "We are proud of her efforts and look forward to her future accomplishments as a VMI graduate."

On the same day she earned BSC Woman of the Year honors (May 31), Wortham also became VMI's first Academic All-District honoree since 2008. Wortham competed in the pole vault all four years at VMI, and equaled her personal best with a 3.30 meter jump at the VMI Collegiate Invitational in February.  As a junior, she finished seventh at the Big South Outdoor Championships with a jump of 3.25 meters to mark her first career scoring effort at the Conference meet.  Other career highlights include a seventh-place finish at the Military Track & Field Championships in 2010.  Wortham also ran cross country during her freshman season of 2008 in addition to her time on the track team.  A three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member, Wortham also received the VMI Faculty Merit Scholarship the last two years, which is given to rising junior and senior cadets displaying excellence in scholarship, extracurricular activities and high military standing.

Off the track, Wortham made mission trips to Haiti twice and Honduras once where she worked with orphanages in both countries.  She volunteered with the Midwives for Haiti and was involved in the VMI Engineers Without Borders Chapter.  Wortham has also been involved with VMI's Recycling Club and was a Regimental S-2 Staff in Corps of Cadets where she was a captain.  She also served as President of the VMI Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society.

During her time at VMI, Wortham was inducted into six different Honor Society organizations, including the Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society in Iota International Foreign Language.