May 7, 2007
IRVING, Texas -
Conference USA has announced the inaugural 2007 Women's Track & Field All-Academic teams and Marshall University's Marian Brooks is one of seven selections. The team consists of student-athletes, with at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average who served as a key component to their team's success. This year's women's team is comprised of seven members due to a tie for the final spot.
Headlining the list of seven outstanding female student-athletes are Marshall's Marian Brooks (Flat Top, W.Va.), Keisha Walkes (St. Lucy, Barbados) of UTEP, Marissa Daniels (Pearland, Texas) of Rice, Emily Malinowski (Slingerlands, N.Y.) of Memphis, Tulsa's Alex Becker (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), Jennifer Thompson (Arab, Ala.) of UAB and Hana Prudilova (Olomouc, Czech Republic) of Southern Miss.
A Summa Cum Laude graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a 3.90 GPA, Brooks currently maintains a perfect 4.0 in her graduate studies and is working toward a master's degree in counseling. She was the recipient of the 2007 Marshall Track and Field and Cross Country Leadership Awards as well as being one of the most decorated distance runners in program history. Brooks currently holds five school records, including the indoor mile and the indoor and outdoor 3,000- and 5,000-meter marks.
Walkes was named to the 2007 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and earned the Academic Medal after producing a 4.0 GPA in biological sciences. The UTEP junior is also minoring in chemistry. In the field, she had an NCAA provisional throw of 50-0" (15.24m) in the shot put at the C-USA Indoor Championships to take third and earn all-conference honors. Walkes has produced an NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the discus with an outdoor season-best and second-place throw of 163-11" (49.97m) at the UTEP Invitational on April 14.
Daniels was a 2006 Women's Intercollegiate and U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-American and was a 2007 C-USA Academic Medal award winner and Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. She graduated with a 3.90 GPA in psychology and currently boasts a 3.82 GPA in kinesiology in her graduate program. On the track, she was the silver medalist in the 5,000-meters (17:07.80) and fifth-place finisher in the 3,000-meters (9:58.45) at the C-USA Indoor Championships. Daniels currently holds the fastest outdoor time in the 10,000-meters (34:07.04) and the second-best 5,000-meter (16:44.44) mark, both times have qualified her for the NCAA Regional meet.
Malinowski, a two-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Academic Medal winner, broke Memphis' indoor and outdoor school records in the 5,000-meters. She has qualified for the NCAA Regional outdoor meet in the 3,000-meters steeplechase (10:43.55) and 5,000 (16:48.86) with the second- and third-best times, respectively, in the league. Malinowski, who owns a 3.86 GPA in biological sciences, earned all-conference indoor honors after placing second in the 3,000 (9:51.37) and third in the 5,000 (17:10.49) at the 2007 conference championships.
Becker earned All-America status in the 3,000-meters (9:19.69) after placing seventh at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships. At the C-USA Indoor Championships, Becker won the mile (4:51.29) and the 3,000 (9:45.71) events on the same day as well as anchored the C-USA winning distance medley relay team. The elementary education major sports a 3.77 GPA and was named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Academic Medal award winner after setting five Tulsa school records and C-USA's season best in the indoor mile (4:41.35) and 3,000 (9:19.10).
Thompson and Prudilova were the final two student-athletes to earn C-USA All-Academic honors for the women. Thompson, a UAB senior, is a four-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection and Academic Medal award winner. During the indoor season, she posted season best times in the 3,000-meters (10:22.88) and 5,000-meters (18:08.78) and ran an outdoor season-best 18:11.07 in the 5,000. Thompson is majoring in biology and has a 3.96 GPA.
Prudilova is also a C-USA Academic Medal award winner and Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. The 3.93 GPA international business major owns Southern Miss's top six marks in the javelin including an NCAA Regional qualifying throw. Prudilova's throw of 146-7" in the javelin ranks fourth on C-USA Top Performance list.