They join trio of men honored previously by the Track & Field Coaches Association
A day after the men’s recipients were honored, Michelle Coombs (pictured) and Shene Davis from the Eastern Washington University’s women’s track team have been selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as All-Academic honorees for the 2012 season.
A total of 676 female student-athletes representing 171 NCAA Division I institutions comprise the group of honorees announced Wednesday (July 25). A total of 431 student-athletes representing 148 institutions were on the men’s squad announced one day earlier, including Eastern’s Kyle King, Kersee Lind and Brad Wall.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA Proof of Performance lists; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Coombs graduated from Hermiston (Ore.) High School in 2008 and is a psychology major at Eastern. Davis is a 2007 graduate of Selah (Wash.) High School and majored in exercise science.
Coombs, the 2009 Big Sky champion in the javelin, placed second at the 2012 Big Sky Conference Championships with a throw of 151-6. She went on to advance to the NCAA Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, on May 24 and placed 28th.
As a freshman in 2009, she was the Big Sky champion in the event, but injuries have slowed her down since then. Coombs ranks third in school history with a 163-1 throw in 2009, which ended with a 25th-place appearance at the NCAA Championships. She has been honored four times on the Big Sky All-Academic team (three times outdoors, once indoors)
Davis concluded her Eastern career by being selected as EWU’s female recipient of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2011-12 school year. The Scholar-Athlete Award honors the "best of the best" of the conference's nearly 3,000 student-athletes. One senior male and one senior female from each school in the league are recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.
With a trio of Big Sky Conference runner-up finishes and a relay title on her resume, Davis ended her career with seven BSC All-Academic honors (four outdoors, three indoors). Four times she earned All-Big Sky honors with top three finishes at Big Sky competitions, including a second-place finish in the triple jump at the 2012 BSC Outdoor Championships with a school-record effort of 40-6 1/4. She ranks in the top three on Eastern’s other indoor and outdoor top 10 lists in the triple jump and long jump, including a school-record 19-9 1/2 jump indoors in the long jump.
Her other runner-up finishes in the Big Sky were indoors and outdoors in the long jump as a sophomore, in addition to running a leg on EWU’s winning 4x100 relay team. That squad registered a school-record time of 45.31, which at the time ranked second all-time in Big Sky history.