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Track Star Earns Top Collegiate Academic Award

Ollendick named Academic All-American of the Year.

June 18, 1998

BLACKSBURG, VA -- Virginia Tech track star Katie Ollendick was selected Thursday as Academic All-American of the Year, the highest academic honor an athlete can attain in collegiate sports.

The announcement of Ollendick's selection was made in conjunction with the release of the GTE Academic All-America team for women's spring sports. Ollendick made that team for the second straight year.

A senior from Blacksburg, Va., Ollendick posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average with a double major in psychology and exercise science.

She is the second Tech athlete in the 1990s to sweep Academic All-America of the Year. Volleyball star Lisa Pikalek took the top honor in 1992.

Ollendick earned All-America track honors both indoors and outdoors this school year. Her most recent accomplishment came when she qualified as an outdoor All-America after finishing eighth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Meet in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ollendick had a brilliant spring season. She won the heptathlon at the prestigious Penn Relays. Then she sparked Tech to the Atlantic 10 Championship title by winning the high jump, running a leg on the 4x400 championship relay team and finishing second in the 100 and 400 meter races.

"All of us connected with Virginia Tech athletics are extremely proud of Katie Ollendick," said Director of Athletics Jim Weaver. "She has distinguished herself in a very special way. Congratulations to her on the selection as Academic All-American of the Year."

Ollendick is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Ollendick. Her father is a professor in the Child Study Center on the Tech campus.

Here is the GTE first team Academic All-America:

Maria Abatjoglou, Kansas, tennis; Sanem Berksoy, Southern Illinois, tennis; Jill Blankenship, Kentucky, track; Simone Bock, New Mexico, tennis; Kellee Booth, Arizona State, golf; Peggy Boutilier, Virginia, lacrosse; Felice Chow, Miami, crew; Beth Cranston, Florida, track; Nada Kawar, UCLA, track; Michelle Magid, Boston U., tennis; Katie Ollendick, Virginia Tech, track; Christy Otte, Montana State, track; Rikke Pederson, Northern Arizona, track; Julie Scott, Stanford, tennis; and Charity Wachera, West Virginia, track.

Academic All-America of the Year--Katie Ollendick.

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