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Date: June 6, 2005
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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THREE GENERALS EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Johnson, Chambers and Frayer All Named to First Team


Senior Steve Chambers

SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Washington and Lee University placed three athletes on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District III Cross Country and Track & Field teams which were announced recently.

Seniors Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) and Steve Chambers (Christiana, Pa./Octorara Area) were named to the first team men's squad, while junior Betsy Frayer (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) was named to the first team women's squad.

Johnson is a math and economics major with a 3.706 cumulative GPA. The ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, he earned Academic All-District honors for the second straight season. He was the 2005 ODAC Cross Country and Track and Field Athlete of the Year after winning the ODAC Cross Country Championship and claiming the 1,500 meter (4:04.20) and 5,000 meter events (15:47.60). During the indoor track season, Johnson set school records in the 3,000 meters (8:37.24), 5000 meters (15:35.93) and distance medley relay (10:50.76). During the outdoor season, he set new school bests in the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:19.21) and distance medley relay (10:37.98).

Chambers was also named to the Academic All-District team for the second consecutive year. An economics major with a 3.886 cumulative GPA, Chambers was the 2003 ODAC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He finished 16th at the 2004 ODAC Cross Country Championships (30:25.72) and finished third overall in the 5,000 meters (16:08.80) at the 2005 ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Like Johnson, Chambers was a member of the outdoor distance medley relay team which recorded a school record time.

Frayer earned her first selection to the Academic All-District team after maintaining a 3.71 cumulative GPA as a biology and math major. She earned Second Team All-ODAC honors in cross country during the fall after finishing eighth at the ODAC Cross Country Championships (27:01.24) and garnered First Team All-State accolades after placing sixth overall at the 2004 Virginia Division III Cross Country Championships (26:03.62).

The CoSIDA College Division District III consists of schools from NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Johnson, Chambers and Frayer will all now be placed on the national ballot where they could earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

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Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676