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Newell Named Third-Team Academic All-American

June 18, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Daniel Newell is Liberty's 15th ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American at the NCAA Division I level.

Daniel Newell is Liberty's 15th ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American at the NCAA Division I level.

Just one week after completing his collegiate career with a personal-best decathlon score at the 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Liberty redshirt senior Daniel Newell has been recognized for his work on the competition field and in the classroom. Newell was tabbed a third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American for men's track & field/cross country.

Newell's (Roanoke, Va.) selection gives the Liberty men's track & field/cross country program an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American for the second straight year. In 2008, Clendon Henderson, now an assistant coach for the Flames, was honored as a first-team Academic All-American.

Newell is the 15th Liberty student-athlete to be voted an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American at the NCAA Division I level and the third this year. Mike Gelatt (R-Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.) was a first-team Academic All-American in men's soccer and Megan Frazee (Sr., Xenia, Ohio) garnered first-team recognition in women's basketball.

Newell graduated with a 3.65 GPA in English and is currently working toward a master's degree in English. He has earned several academic awards during his senior campaign, including a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District certificate. Newell was also voted the 2009 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's indoor track & field.

Continuing Liberty's proud tradition in the multi-events, Newell became the Flames' ninth decathlete ever to compete at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, last week in Fayetteville, Ark. The Commonwealth native tallied a career-high 7,302 points to place 16th in the final decathlon standings, capping off a successful senior year.

Newell won both the IC4A and Big South decathlon championships for the second straight season, highlighting his outdoor campaign. During the indoor season, Newell posted the second-highest heptathlon score in Big South history—5,346 points—while winning the Liberty Open. As a result, he garnered the Big South and ECAC Division I Men's Field Athlete of the Week awards on Jan. 28.

2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
University Division

First Team
Javier Garcia-Tunon, Florida State, Sr., 4.0, Business Administration
Garrett Heath, Stanford, Sr., 3.81, Management Science and Engineering
Galen Rupp, Oregon, Sr., 3.87, Business Administration
Patrick Smyth, Notre Dame, Sr., 3.75, History
Xuehan Xiong, Arizona, Sr., 4.0, Computer Sciences
Scott Sellers, Kansas State, Sr., 3.63, Finance
Mat Clark, Northern Iowa, Sr., 3.69, Biology
Ryan Vail, Oklahoma State, Sr., 3.63, Master's in International Studies
David Kinsella, Portland, Sr., 3.96, Biology
David McNeill, Northern Arizona, Jr., 3.73, Exercise Science
Kevin Kumlien, Army, Sr., 3.83, Management
Alex Godell, Colorado State, Sr., 3.92, Economics
Andrew Ledwith, Iona, Sr., 3.80, Finance
Brett Olson, Rice, Sr., 3.93, Civil Engineering
Philip Adam, Rice, Jr., 3.94, Economics

Academic All-America of the Year: Galen Rupp, Oregon

Second Team
Gonzalo Barroilhet, Florida State, So., 3.59, Management
Simon Wardhaugh, Boise State, Sr., 3.41, Business Management
Dorian Ulrey, Arkansas, Jr., 3.50, Sociology
Kent Wories, Butler, Sr., 3.94, Finance
Jack Bolas, Wisconsin, Jr., 3.63, Zoology
Ryan Grenko, Northern Iowa, Sr., 3.61, Physical Education
Jeff Scull, Syracuse, Sr., 3.98, Nutrition
Kinsey Dinnel, Louisiana Tech, Sr., 3.9, Biology (concentration in Microbiology)
Jason Lewis, Arizona State, Jr., 3.70, History
John Berens, Rice, Jr., 4.0, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Psychology
Darius Law, Charlotte, So., 4.0, Accounting
Ryan Whiting, Arizona State, Jr., 3.42, Civil Engineering
Brian Joyce, Evansville, Jr., 4.0, Exercise Science
Andy Baker, Butler, Sr., 3.30, Business (MBA)
Andy Ferrara, Army, Jr., 3.55, Economics

Third Team
Jonathan Marler, Idaho, Jr., 4.0, Computer Science
Randy King, Cincinnati, Sr., 3.97, Engineering
Billy Mateker, Georgia Tech, Jr., 4.0, Materials Science Engineering
Curt McGill, South Carolina, Sr., 3.88, Exercise Science
Chris Baldus, Montana State, Sr., 3.99, Business/Finance
Elliott Haynie, South Carolina, Jr., 3.46, Accounting
Oliver Walther, Eastern Michigan, Jr., 3.92, Finance
Chris Labosky, Yale, Jr., 3.97, Humanities
Lee Ellis Moore, Mississippi, So., 4.0, Biological Science
Rabun Fox, LSU, Sr., 3.73, Kinesiology
Daniel Newell, Liberty, Sr., 3.65, English
Mark Van Orden, Navy, Jr., 3.57, English
Scott Krapf, Illinois State, Jr., 4.0, Recreation & Park Administration
Aaron Merrill, Youngstown State, Sr., 3.77, Criminal Justice
Patrick Jenkins, Western Kentucky, Jr., 4.0, Biology