Harris is Chosen for Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Honors

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, OR -- Willamette University distance runner Travis Harris (Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome HS) has been named Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America as part of the 2006-07 College Division Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country Team. The Academic All-America team, which honored a total of 45 players (15 each on the First Team, Second Team and Third Team), was selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Harris, who achieved a 3.99 cumulative grade point average with a major in Chemistry, competed in cross country. He helped the Bearcats win their fifth consecutive Northwest Conference championship and their fifth consecutive NCAA Division III West Region title during the 2006 season.

Harris also earned Second Team All-Northwest Conference honors, as he took 14th place at the NWC Meet in 25:15.99. He added All-West Region honors, with a 10th place finish and a time of 25:36.0 at the West Region Meet.

The cross country season concluded with Willamette finishing 27th at the NCAA National Championships at the Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 2006. Harris placed 136th in the field of 279 runners.

Harris ended his Willamette career with four Top 10 finishes at the NWC cross country championships and four Top 15 finishes in the West Region. As a freshman in 2003, he took eighth place in the NWC and was 12th in the Region. In 2004, he finished fourth in the NWC and 12th in the Region. During the 2005 season, he placed seventh in the NWC and eighth in the Region.

Athletes selected for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team were starters or key reserves with cumulative grade point averages of 3.2 or higher (4.0 scale). Each athlete was at his current college or university for at least one academic year. He also had to earn First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors in order to be eligible for the Academic All-America Team.

The College Division includes players in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. The Bearcats compete in NCAA Division III and the Northwest Conference.

2006-07 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Team - Complete List

Travis Harris was named Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America as a cross country runner.

Travis Harris was named Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America as a cross country runner.