Gyroko is the first Mountaineer to be named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team in school history. He is one of just seven from the BIG EAST to earn the honor this year.
Also, West Virginia University sophomore distance runner Marie-Louise Asselin has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 2 first team announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) officials today. The Sarnia, Ontario, native boasted a 3.86 grade point average in biochemistry and has been a member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll as well as a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
Asselin had a spectacular year in cross country and track, earning All-America honors in both sports. Asselin finished 14th at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships, while taking seventh place in the 3,000m run and fourth place as a part of the distance medley relay squad at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track Championships. To qualify for the all-academic teams, student-athletes must have a minimum GPA of 3.21. Student-athletes are nominated by their respective sports information directors and are voted on by members of CoSIDA.
Finally, West Virginia University Rifle Coach Jon Hammond will represent Great Britain in three rifle events in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in August. A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, Hammond will be the lone member of the British team and will compete in the 50m prone, the 60-shot air rifle and three-position.
"It's obviously exciting," Hammond says. "It's a bit of a relief that the selection is finalized and I know I'm going. The excitement is building and the realization that this is actually going to happen is there now."
Hammond, who recently competed in World Cup competition in Munich and Milan, qualified with a satisfactory "quota place" in the 50m prone. Since he is the lone member of his team, he also qualified for two other events. His training has begun immediately.
"It's great publicity," Hammond adds. "When I travel around and talk to coaches of other international teams and shooters, the conversation almost always turns to what I'm doing. There has been a great deal of interest about the team (WVU) and West Virginia. There are a lot of interested people throughout Europe. This is just a great thing for recruiting and I'm happy to be representing this school."