May 10, 2000
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ten members of the Ole Miss men's and women's track
and field teams were named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor
Roll, the league office announced on Wednesday.
"I am proud of these 10 student-athletes," said Ole Miss head coach
Joe Walker. "They have worked hard in the classroom and athletic
competition, and it is a tremendous honor for them to receive this
recognition. These 10 student-athletes represent the track and field
program and the University in a positive manner, and they are very
deserving of this honor."
Seniors John Frierson, Daya Hampton and Leah White led the 10-member
group, marking the third consecutive year that all three earned SEC
Academic Honor Roll accolades. Frierson had a 3.56 grade-point average in
Managerial Finance, while Hampton earned a 3.41 grade-point average in
Elementary Education. White posted a 3.47 grade-point average in Psychology.
Three other Ole Miss track and field performers?senior Ryan Palmer and
juniors Kelly Gable and Brandy Mack?made the league's academic honor roll
for a second straight year. Palmer earned a perfect 4.00 grade-point
average in English. Gable, who is majoring in Pharmacy, had a 3.54
grade-point average, while Mack, a Communicative Disorders major, had a
3.21 grade-point average.
Other Ole Miss track and field performers earning SEC Academic Honor
Roll distinction were sophomore Marcus Christoffersen, who had a 3.58
grade-point average in Biology, junior Ben Chisman, a 3.71 in Math,
sophomore Dawn Dickerson, a 3.21 in Music, and sophomore James Morrison, a
3.78 in Liberal Arts.
To be eligible for selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a
student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for his/her academic
career, be a sophomore or higher in academic classification and have 24
semester hours countable toward a degree. A total of 216 student-athletes
were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for men's and women's track and
The Ole Miss men's and women's track and field teams return to action
May 11-14 at the SEC Outdoor Championships, which will be held at LSU.