NCAA Champions Named Academic All-Americans


EUGENE, Ore. – For a second-consecutive year, Carmela Cardama Baez headlines a trio of UO selections to the CoSIDA Academic All-America teams as announced Thursday morning. Cardama Baez earned a spot on the first team while fellow NCAA champions from this past season Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare were voted on to the second team.
This marks the 10th time in program history the Ducks have three Academic All-Americans in one season. Oregon has also now had at least one Academic All-America performer in 21 of the past 22 seasons with multiple honors in 14 of those years.
Carmela Cardama Baez (3.66/Prevention Science, grad.)

  • 2020-21 Academic All-America First Team
    • First back-to-back first teamer for UO women since Hasay, Kesselring (2012 & 2013)
  • 2021 NCAA champion at 10,000 meters
    • First UO champion in the event since Kathy Hayes (1984)
  • 2021 Pac-12 champion at 10,000 meters
    • Ran meet record of 32:38.73
  • No. 2 in UO history at 10,000 meters (32:16.13) to win NCAA title

Cole Hocker (3.31/Undeclared)

  • 2020-21 Academic All-America Second Team
  • Three-time NCAA champion during the 2021 track and field season
    • 1500 meters – outdoor
    • Mile – indoor
    • 3,000 meters – indoor
  • 2021 Pac-12 champion at 5,000 meters
  • The Bowerman finalist
  • Collegiate-record holder in the DMR (9:19.42; 1200m leg)
  • No. 2 in collegiate history in the mile (3:50.55)
  • No. 4 in collegiate history at 1500 meters (3:35.35 – in-season)

Cooper Teare (3.37/General Social Science)

  • 2021-21 Academic All-America Second Team
  • Two-time NCAA champion during the 2021 track and field season
    • 5,000 meters – outdoor
    • Distance medley relay (anchor) – indoor
  • 2021 Pac-12 champion at 1500 meters
  • The Bowerman semifinalist
  • Collegiate-record holder in the mile (3:50.39)
  • Collegiate-record holder in the DMR (9:19.42; anchor)
  • No. 2 in collegiate history at 5,000 meters (13:12.27)
  • No. 10 in collegiate history at 1500 meters (3:35.97)

With Thursday’s announcement, Hocker and Teare become the 38th and 39th Academic All-Americans in program history. Overall, the Ducks have collected 59 Academic All-America certificates.

Oregon, as a department, now has four Academic All-Americans from this past spring with Aaron Zavala (baseball) earning first-team honors in July.
Full CoSIDA release: Men | Women
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