June 21, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee women's track & field program increased its all-time total of Capital One Academic All-America honors to 13 Thursday, as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the 2012 Capital One Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-America Team.
A pair of Lady Vols earned first-team accolades, including seniors Chanelle Price and Ellen Wortham. Price was a first-team choice for the second-straight season and has been selected as the 2012 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for NCAA Division I women's track & field. Phoebe Wright (2010) is the only other Lady Vol to be named Academic All-American of the Year for track.
UT Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark's program has had at least one Capital One women's national honoree in each of the past six seasons and two first-team selections in three of the past four campaigns. Price became the third Lady Vol to make the squad in back-to-back years and only the second to earn first-team accolades both times. Wright was a first-unit pick in 2009 and 2010.
Price, who hails from Easton, Pa. (Easton Area H.S.), owns a 3.94 grade point average in journalism and electronic media and was both a first-team Capital One Academic All-American and SEC Track & Field Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2011. The recipient of a 2012 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, she also is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic, Capital One Academic All-District and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection with USTFCCCA and SEC honors still to be announced in 2012.
Price is a nine-time All-American on the oval and the winner of two NCAA championships and five SEC titles during her career. The seven-time NCAA scorer finished third in the 800 meters to garner All-America distinction at the recent NCAA Outdoor Championships in a season-best time of two minutes, 1.49 seconds and is in Eugene, Ore., for the U.S. Olympic Trials this week.
Wortham, who possesses a 3.87 GPA in psychology, is the 2012 SEC Track & Field Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year and, like Price, the recipient of a 2012 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and two-time Capital One Academic All-District choice, Wortham also is focused on the Olympic Trials.
The 11-time All-American, seven-time NCAA scorer and 21-time SEC point-producer from Maryville, Tenn. (Maryville H.S.), set a school-record time of 55.55 seconds to win her second-straight SEC title in the 400m hurdles this season and went on to finish third and earn first-team All-America status in that event at the NCAA Championships. She has placed first in 15 of her past 19 races in that event.