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Badger track athletes earn academic honors; Alvarez to speak at College Football Hall of Fame

Badger track athletes earn academic honors

Three members of the University of Wisconsin men's track team and one from the UW women's team have earned Academic All-District V honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. Senior Josh Spiker, junior Nathan Brown, junior Joe Detmer and senior Yael Peled all received recognition for their work in the classroom. These four student-athletes have been placed on the ballot for academic All-America honors.

Students who earned all-district honors had to maintain a cumulative grade point average of more than 3.20 and be either a starter or an important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.

Spiker, who has competed in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, is a business major with a 3.467 cumulative GPA.

Brown, a heptathlete during the indoor track season and a decathlete for the outdoor track team, had the highest GPA on the team with a 3.985 in biochemistry. He is a five-time Dean's List member and was the Athletic Board Scholar in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Brown is also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, and a two-time member of the Academic All-Big Ten team.

Detmer, who is redshirting the 2005 outdoor track season, is also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and a four-time member of the Dean's List. He boasts a GPA of 3.604 in computer engineering.

Paled, a senior triple jumper, has achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in computer science and mathematics. She made Dean's List all 10 semesters of her college career and is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She has been the UW women's track representative to the Athletic Board and was a four-time academic All-Big Ten pick.

Alvarez to speak at College Football Hall of Fame

Wisconsin head football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez will be a keynote speaker at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., on June 7 at one of six 2005 KeyBank Gridiron Legends Luncheons, as part of a series that began in April and continues through August.

The luncheons run from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 for individuals or $270 for a table of eight. Call (574) 235-9999 to purchase tickets or receive more information.

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