Brigetta Barrett Named Scholar Athlete of the Year
The USTFCCCA named Brigetta Barrett the 2012 Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, her second-straight year claiming the honor. Barrett will compete in the 2012 Olympics in the high jump.
University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field members Brigetta Barrett and Edgar Rivera-Morales each earned additional academic honors for the 2012 season. Barrett, a finalist for The Bowerman, was named the 2012 Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, the second-straight year she has received the award. Furthermore, Barrett and Rivera-Morales were both named USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees.
Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.
Barrett, a theatre arts major with a 3.51 cumulative GPA, swept NCAA high jump titles for the second-straight season in 2012. She became the first woman in DI history to earn dual-season titles in back-to-back years, a combination of four consecutive national titles between the seasons. Barrett earned a spot on Team USA for the London Olympic Games.
She took second place at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the women's high jump competition with a personal-best clearance of 6-7 (2.01m). Since the mark did not take place during the collegiate season, it is not the collegiate record. However, Barrett is the lone collegian to ever clear more than 6-6, in-season or postseason. That mark was also a school record and a meet record. Additionally, Barrett was named a first-team Capital One Academic All-American and earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention distinction.
Rivera-Morales, an industrial engineering student, was a first-team NCAA Indoor All-American and a second-team NCAA Outdoor All-American for the 2012 season. He also earned a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championships. He was named a third-team Capital One Academic All-American and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic second-team.