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Cardinal soccer standout earns academic All-America honors

Stanford women's soccer forward Courtney Verloo was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America second team, the NSCAA announced Wednesday.


Verloo, a fifth-year senior from Tualatin, Ore., carried a 3.37 grade-point average as a human biology major. She had nine goals and six assists to tie for the team scoring lead. In her collegiate career, Stanford won 109 matches (109-10-6) and Verloo scored 23 goals and had 25 assists.

This season, Verloo was named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-12 first teams. She is the 10th Stanford player to earn Scholar All-America or Academic All-America honors all-time. She also earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford was picked to finish third in the Pac-12 preseason poll Wednesday, as voted on by the conference's eight head coaches.

The Cardinal received 37 points in the poll, following UCLA with 46 points and Utah with 45 points. All three teams are ranked in the top 10 of GymInfo's national preseason coaches poll with UCLA ranked fourth, Utah sixth and Stanford ninth. Oregon State rounds out the top half of the conference poll, receiving the fourth-most votes with 31.

The second half of the poll is led by Arizona with 31 votes, followed by Washington (18), California (17) and Arizona State (8).

All eight Pac-12 teams are ranked in GymInfo's preseason top 25. Fourth-ranked UCLA leads the conference in the rankings, followed by No. 6 Utah and No. 9 Stanford. Oregon State is ranked 12th, followed by No. 17 Arizona, No. 20 Washington, No. 22 California and No. 25 Arizona State.

Track and field

Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins and Indiana high jumper Derek Drouin were awarded The Bowerman Trophy as the most outstanding collegiate track & field student-athletes of the 2013 season in a ceremony held Wednesday evening at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes as part of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention.

Rollins is just the second hurdler to win the award — the first since Queen Harrison in 2010 — and the first from Clemson, while Drouin scored a plethora of firsts for the award. He is the first student-athlete from Indiana and the Big Ten to win the award, and is the first field event specialist to hoist The Bowerman Trophy. The full presentation, which was streamed live by Flotrack.org, can be found here.

Competing against Rollins was Stanford hurdler Kori Carter, who sete a collegiate record in the 400 hurdles this past season among her many accomplishments.

— Stanford Athletics

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