College Notebook: Whitman’s Fuchs earns top academic honors

CoSIDA recognizes La Center graduate

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Whitman College tennis player Christoph Fuchs has been named to the men’s At-Large Team in the College Division of Academic All-America honors announced by ESPN The Magazine.

The La Center High School gradaute, a four-year mainstay in the Whitman tennis lineup, graduated magna cum laude in late May with honors in his biology major.

He travels to Houston, Texas, later this summer to begin medical school studies at the Baylor College of Medicine, which is part of the Texas Medical Center, the largest such center in the world.

The Academic All-America first, second and third teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Fuchs, who was part of three Northwest Conference title teams at Whitman, is one of 17 student athletes voted to the men’s At-Large Team in the College Division.

The At-Large Team represents a number of sports, including tennis, swimming and golf, while the College Division includes all schools affiliated with NCAA Divisions II and III and the NAIA.

McDaniel wins 800, relay at NWAACCs

Spokane Community College freshman middle distance runner Rachel McDaniel won the 800 meters and helped the Bigfoot to victory in the 1,600 relay at the recent Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges track and field championships.

The Battle Ground High School graduate won the 800 in a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 15.46 seconds — about 90 minutes after placing third in the 1,500. The relay time was 3:55.96. Spokane CC won a seventh consecutive team title.

WWU honors Porter

Western Washington distance runner Sarah Porter was voted Most Valuable athlete of the women’s outdoor track and field season by her Vikings teammates. The Hockinson High School graduate shared the award last year.

Porter, an NCAA Division II All-American in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track for the second consecutive season, was previously named WWU’s female Athlete of the Year for all sports. She placed second at the NCAA Division II national championships in both cross country and the 10,000 meters in outdoor track.

Clark’s Weldon, Eloff sign with UGF

Clark College distance runners Shane Weldon and Brandi Eloff have signed to compete for the University of Great Falls in cross country and track and field.

Weldon is a Heritage High School graduate. Eloff is from Ephrata. UGF is in Great Falls, Mont., and is a member of the NAIA Frontier Conference.

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