Decathlete Klech named Academic All-American
University of Oregon Senior David Klech, the Pac-10 runner-up in the decathlon and a two-time All-American in 2011, was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country first team on Tuesday.Klech, who is majoring in psychology, has a 3.96 grade point average.
A native of San Ramon, Calif., Klech helped Oregon win its fifth straight Pac-10 title with his second-place showing in the decathlon, plus his third place finish in the long jump and fifth place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.
He then went on to finish 16th in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn second team All-America honors.
Indoors, Klech had the second highest heptathlon point total in Oregon history, 5,831, to finish sixth at the national meet.
With one more team to be announced (women's track) in 2010-11, Oregon has earned four of the coveted Academic All-America awards, which are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In addition to Klech, the Ducks honored this academic year include Jack Dukeminier (men's golf first team), Amanda Johnson (women's basketball first team) and Katherine Fischer (volleyball third team).
That's one behind the most Academic All-Americans Oregon has ever had in one year. The University set the school stadard with five last year - Dukeminier, Johnson, Nicole Blood (women's track), Cyrus Hostetler (men's track) and Alex Wolff (men's track).