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Men's XC Runner Brent Pedersen Named Academic All-District VIII

Former University of Arizona cross country and track student-athlete Brent Pedersen was named to the GTE Academic All-District VIII Fall/Winter At-Large first team today by voting members of CoSIDA. The Fall/Winter At-Large Team included cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, water polo, gymnastics and wrestling student-athletes.

Pedersen, who graduated in December, had a 3.76 grade point average in biology with a mathematics minor. He transferred to Arizona from Hawai'i Pacific before his junior seasons and ran two years for the Wildcats. He attended Canby High School in Aurora, Ore.

Pedersen was a major contributor to the Wildcat team in 1999, running as the No. 4-5 runner throughout the season. He was the fourth Arizona runner across the line and No. 10 overall at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, helping the Wildcats to a team victory. Pedersen was the team's No. 3 runner and finished 17th overall at the NCAA West Regional. However, he saved his best collegiate race for last, finishing 82nd as the team's No. 4 runner at the NCAA Championshpis, helping Arizona finish 10th as a team.

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