Nick Symmonds Among Five Finalists for Ad Rutschman Award

Three-Time Track All-American Among Ten Oregon Athletes To Be Honored

SALEM, OR — Willamette University sophomore Nick Symmonds (Boise, ID) is being recognized as one of the top-five male small college athletes in Oregon, earning a nomination for the 2005 Ad Rutschman Award for his three track and field titles.

Symmonds, who also competes on the Bearcat’s nationally ranked cross-country team, will be honored along with four other finalists at the Oregon Sports Awards, which will be held on Sun., Jan. 30 at Nike's Tiger Woods Theatre in Beaverton. The ceremony will be broadcast live in Portland on KATU-TV (2).

Named for the former Linfield College football coach and athletic director, the Ad Rutschman Award annually honors the top male and female athlete from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA level institutions. Nominees must attend an Oregon school or be from Oregon.

Symmonds won the 800 meter title for the second straight year in leading the Bearcats to a third place finish at the National Championships last May. Symmonds’ win was a repeat of his freshman season. As a freshman, Symmonds won both the 800-m and 1500-m race. This season, Symmonds did not compete in the 1500.

As a member of the Bearcat cross-country team, Symmonds was one of the runners picked by Head Coach Matt McGuirk to race for Willamette in both the West Region Cross-Country Championships and the national meet.

At the national meet, Symmonds helped the Bearcats capture fifth place in the nation, finishing 54th overall. At regionals, Symmonds helped the Bearcats win their third straight title, finishing 16th overall.

Other Bearcats who were nominated for the Rutschman Award include All-American Defensive End Nate Matlock and two-time cross-country All-American Kari Holbert.

Nick Symmonds

Nick Symmonds