Five Eagles Selected to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

EWU female student-athletes are honored by the track and field coaches association for academic and athletic success in 2012-13

Release on USTFCCCA Web Site

Five Eastern Washington University track and field student-athletes have been selected to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team for the 2012-13 school year.

Listed among the 710 women honored were senior javelin throwers Michelle Coombs and Cora Kellerman, senior pole vaulter Keisa Monterola, junior pole vaulter Robin Taylor (pictured) and sophomore hammer thrower Emma Murillo.

A total of 187 institutions were represented on the All-Academic team. To qualify, 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 POP list provided by; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Coombs is a psychology major and is a 2008 graduate of Hermiston (Ore.) High School. Kellerman, who played volleyball for the Eagles, is an electrical engineering major and 2008 graduate of La Conner (Wash.) HS. Monterola is from Caracus, Venezuela, and is an interdisciplinary studies major. Taylor is a recreation management major and graduated from Blaine (Wash.) HS in 2010. And Murillo, a spanish/education major, is from Kennewick, Wash., and graduated from Southridge HS in 2010.

Coombs ranks fourth in school history in the javelin with a career-best throw of 164-9 as a senior. She was a three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection and won four Big Sky All-Academic awards in her career. She placed second at the Big Sky Conference Championships as both a senior and a junior, and won the league title as a freshman in 2009. Her javelin throw ranked her ninth in the West Region and 18th in NCAA Division I in 2012.

In her first season with the Eastern track and field team, Kellerman uncorked the second-best javelin throw in school history. Her mark of 170-0 crushed her previous best of 143-6, and was less than six feet from a school record. With her mark, Kellerman ranked sixth in the Division I West Region and 12th in the nation. The four-year Eagle volleyball player won five Big Sky All-Academic awards and was EWU’s recipient of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award.

Monterola successfully defended her Big Sky Conference title in the pole vault with an effort of 13-3 1/2 at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships. She also won the Big Sky title indoors and outdoors in 2012, and earned All-America honors indoors that season when she placed fifth at the NCAA Championships. She owns school and Big Sky records indoors (14-4) and the EWU all-time mark outdoors (14-0).

Taylor capped her sophomore season with a second-straight runner-up finish behind Monterola in the pole vault at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships. Taylor had a mark of 12-11 1/2 at that meet, and her outdoor personal best of 13-7 1/4 in 2012 ranks only behind Monterola’s school-record mark of 14-0. Indoors, she ranks fourth in school history with a best of 12-9 1/2.

Both Monterola and Taylor ranked in the top 100 in NCAA Division I in the pole vault indoors and outdoors. Monterola ranked 43rd outdoors and 73rd indoors, and Taylor was 70th and 80th, respectively. Monterola also ranked 25th in the West Region and Taylor was 37th.

Murillo finished third in the hammer throw this past spring at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships, and was also third last winter in the weight throw indoors. Her personal-best throws of 180-5 in the hammer and 58-8 1/2 in the weight throw rank fourth and third, respectively, in school history. She also owns the 10th-best javelin throw all-time at EWU (146-4), which ranked her 69th in the West Region and 95th overall in NCAA Division I in 2012. She also competes in the discus for the Eagles.

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