Collatz & Stepter Named To CoSIDA/Capital One Distric 8 All-Academic Team

    Alexandra Collatz

    June 2, 2014

    Discus thrower Alexandra Collatz and hurdler Jaide Stepter were named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/Capital One Academic All-District 8 first team for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, it was announce on May 29. By being named to the 11-woman District 8 team, Collatz and Stepter advance to the Capital One Academic All-American Team ballot where the first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

    The discus All-American Collatz has a 3.52 GPA in Cognitive Science. The junior won the Pac-12 discus throw title with a mark of 184-3 (56.17m) to become the first Trojan woman to win the conference title. Collatz had a PR of 187-6 (57.15m) to win at the CS Los Angeles Invitational on March 8 which currently ranks as the seventh-best throw by a collegian this season. Collatz' mark also bettered her second-place standing on USC's all-time discus throw list and she now is less than two feet behind the school record of 189-5 set by Kate Hutchinson in 2006. Collatz qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event last weekend in Arkansas and will be competing in Eugene, Ore. on June 12.

    The sophomore Stepter maintains a 3.86 GPA in Communications. She won the 2014 Pac-12 400m hurdles title with a PR of 56.99 which broke Washington State's track record in the event and became the first Trojan to win the event at the conference meet since Shalina Clarke in 2008. Stepter's 400m IH time ranked 10th among collegians entering the NCAA postseason. She earned All-America honors during the indoor season on the Trojans' 4x400m relay team and will go to nationals as an alternate for that team.