June 4, 2009

Three Generals Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

LEXINGTON, Va -- Washington and Lee seniors Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield) and Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) and junior Billy Billington (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) have all been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Track & Field/Cross Country Teams as first-team selections.

Webb earned first team academic all-district honors for first time in her career. A biochemistry major, Webb is a two-time All-ODAC and All-Region honoree in cross country. She qualified for the 2007 NCAA Championship event and helped lead the Generals to four-straight ODAC titles. In track & field, she earned numerous All-ODAC honors, including being named the ODAC Outdoor Athlete of the Year as a junior and the ODAC Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year as a senior. She also received the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for both the indoor and outdoor seasons her final two years.

Taylor earned first team academic all-district laurels for the second-consecutive season. An economics major, Taylor is a three-time receipient of the ODAC/Farm Bureau Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and an All-ODAC athlete in both cross country and track & field. In cross country, she is a three-time First Team All-ODAC selection. Additionally, Taylor was a Second Team All-ODAC honoree as a sophomore. She has garnered All-South/Southeast Region honors three times and qualified for the 2007 NCAA Division III Championships as a junior. During her track & field career, Taylor has claimed First-Team All-ODAC citations in the steeplechase, the indoor mile and the oudoor 1,500 meters. In addition, Taylor holds one individual school record and is a member of two school-record relay teams.

An accounting major, Billington has twice been named the men's track and field ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A three-time First Team All-ODAC recipient in 2009, Billington won the shot put at the 2009 ODAC indoor championship with a heave of 13.90 meters. At the 2009 ODAC outdoor championship, he also captured the crown in the hammer throw (school-record 49.82 meters) and the shot put (13.70 meters).

Webb, Taylor and Billington will now go on the national ballot where they could earn Academic All-America honors. The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District III, which includes athletes from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

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