June 22, 2010
• ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams
MADISON, Wis. -- For the second-consecutive year, Jack Bolas has been named one of college track and field’s top student-athletes.
Bolas, who wrapped up a zoology degree from the University of Wisconsin in May and then concluded his career with the Badgers’ men’s track and field team by claiming All-America honors at the NCAA championships two weeks ago, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team on Tuesday.
It marks the second-consecutive appearance for Bolas on an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America squad for track and cross country, as he was named to the second team as a junior in 2009.
Bolas will compete in the 1,500 meters at this week’s 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, where he is seeded No. 7 based on his season-best time of 3:38.47.
The Chapel Hill, N.C., native finished his academic career at UW with a 3.67 grade-point average and was a four-time All-American for the Badgers on the track. Earlier this month, he was honored as a recipient of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor.
A six-time Academic All-Big Ten selection for his career, Bolas picked up three academic all-conference nods each in cross country and track and field. He also was named to the inaugural list of Big Ten Distinguished Scholars in 2009 and is a two-time All-Academic team selection by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Bolas concluded his athletic career with the Badgers by racing to a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month. The performance earned Bolas the fourth All-America honor of his career.
In May, Bolas claimed his first individual conference title by winning the 1,500 meters at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. It marked Bolas’ second-consecutive All-Big Ten showing in the event, as he finished runner-up to teammate Craig Miller in 2009.
He also won a Big Ten title indoors by anchoring Wisconsin’s winning effort in the distance medley relay at the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships, repeating a feat he also helped UW accomplish in 2008.
Bolas contributed to the Badgers’ first-ever NCAA team title at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships and also helped UW win Big Ten team championships in cross country in each of his four seasons.
A second-consecutive selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 team made Bolas eligible for national honors. The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), in voting by organization’s national membership.