May 11, 2007
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's softball second baseman Brownyn Russell (Greenbank, WA) was selected to the First Team District 8 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American selection. Russell, who is a Health Science major at Saint Mary's, carries a 3.9 grade point average.
Russell was key to a 19-win improvement from last year as she batted .295 in 59 games during her junior campaign in 2007. Along with excelling in the classroom, Russell led the Gaels with 13 stolen bases and had an on-base percentage of .358 as the Gaels' number-two hitter. She finished the year with 51 hits, scored 29 runs, had seven doubles, two triples and drove in 10 runs. She also led the team in walks with 25.
The team was voted on by CoSIDA members from within the District VIII states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and the province of British Columbia. The all-district first team selection for Russell will advance her to¬ the national ballot.
District 8 WinnersUniversity DivisionFIRST TEAMPosition Name School Year Hometown GPA MajorCatcher Deanna Menapace UC Davis So. Livermore, Calif. 3.32 Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyInfield Clare Warwick Hawaii So. Melba, A.C.T. Australia 3.80 Pre-KinesiologyInfield Suzie Barnes Oregon Sr. Lake Forest Park, Wash. 3.43 Educational FoundationsInfield Jennifer Curtier Pacific Sr. Lancaster, Calif. 3.44 Studio ArtInfield Kristi Leiter Oregon Sr. Lake Stevens, Wash. 3.58 AccountingInfield Bronwyn Russell Saint Mary's (CA) Jr. Greenbank, Wash. 3.9 Health ScienceOutfield Jennifer Whiteley BYU Sr. Houston, Texas 3.76 Mathematics EducationOutfield Natalie Johnson Oregon State Sr. Lake Oswego, Ore. 3.71 PsychologyOutfield Gina Carbonatto Pacific Sr. Lake Stevens, Wash. 3.65 Sport SciencesOutfield Kaitlin Cochran Arizona State So. Yorba Linda, Calif. 3.49 Secondary Education (Math)Pitcher Robin Mackin Fresno StateSo. Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 4.0 Biology-Physiology & AnatomyPitcher Brooke Weekley CS Fullerton Fr. Mission Viejo, Calif. 3.97 Business AdministrationDesignated Player Heidi Boyer Utah Valley State So. Haines, Ore. 3.72 Undecided
SECOND TEAMPosition Name School Year Hometown GPA MajorCatcher Cassie Greenawalt UC Riverside Jr. Elk Grove, Calif. 3.61 PsychologyInfield Haley Perkins Fresno State So. Fresno, Calif. 3.46 Liberal StudiesInfield Bobbi Jo Merrill Southern Utah Sr. Show Low, Ariz. 3.58 Criminal JusticeInfield April Murray UC Riverside Jr. Yorba Linda, Calif. 3.60 Business AdministrationInfield Rhiannon Baca Arizona State Jr. Flagstaff, Ariz. 3.34 Elementary EducationOutfield Sara Overmier Santa Clara Sr. San Andreas, Calif. 3.76 AccountingOutfield Jessica Mapes Arizona State So. Tempe, Ariz. 4.00 Elementary EducationPitcher Caitlin Noble Washington Jr. Sammamish, Wash. 3.38 HistoryPitcher Kelly Harrison San Jose State Jr. San Jose, Calif. 3.82 Behavioral Science