Nebert Chosen Third Team Academic All-America

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior runner Lucas Nebert (Sr., Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming HS) has been named Third Team ESPN The Magazine College Division Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-America for the 2007-08 academic year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Nebert was one of just 45 athletes selected for the Academic All-America honor.

Nebert was chosen for a Fulbright Grant this spring. His owned a 3.80 cumulative grade point average heading into his final semester at Willamette this spring. He graduated in May with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. Earlier this summer, he was named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII for the second year in a row.

He placed in the top four in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at three consecutive Northwest Conference track and field championship meets. He finished second in the NWC in 2007, was third in 2008 and took fourth in 2006. He ranks ninth on Willamette's all-time list in the steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:25.50.

Nebert claimed three top 12 finishes in the NWC in the 1,500-meter run. He earned sixth place in 2005, took ninth in 2006 and was 11th in 2008.

In cross country, he earned sixth place at the NWC Meet in 2007, claimed 13th place in 2006 and was 17th as a freshman in 2004. He earned eighth place in the West Region in 2007 and took 15th in 2006. He competed at the NCAA Division III National Championships in 2006 and 2007, finishing 163rd and 189th, respectively.

Nebert received the J.H. Booth Award from Willamette this spring. The Booth Award goes to the Willamette senior male student-athlete who best demonstrates outstanding leadership, scholarship and athleticism.

Willamette has won seven consecutive NWC championships in men's cross country, while earning six consecutive West Region titles. The Bearcats claimed five consecutive NWC men's track and field titles from 2002 through 2006.

The College Division includes athletes in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. The Bearcats compete in NCAA Division III. Athletes named to 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 prior to the current season.

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Lucas Nebert has been named Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America.

Lucas Nebert has been named Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America.