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WWU announces 2014-15 Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Women’s soccer forward Catherine Miles and men’s cross country and track & field runner Nathan Richards are the respective Western Washington University Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year for 2014-15. The announcement was made Tuesday, June 2, at the sixth annual Dub-Dub-Blue awards ceremony held on the WWU campus.

The scholar-athlete awards, which have been presented since 1999, recognize WWU student-athletes who best demonstrate excellence both in competition and in the classroom.

Miles and Richards were each first-team College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division District 8 Academic All-Stars. They also received Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards last summer.

Miles, a junior from Anacortes, is a chemistry major with a 3.68 grade point average.

Miles was a Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star for the second straight year. She earned second-team Daktronics and National Soccer Coaches Association of America West Region recognition and first-team GNAC all-star honors, scoring a team-leading eight goals in helping the Vikings to a 16-1-4 record, the GNAC regular-season title, No. 17 in the final NSCAA Top 25 Poll and the second round of the NCAA II national tournament.

As a sophomore in 2013 on a 20-2-1 squad that reached the national semifinals, Miles scored 15 goals and received Daktronics All-America honorable mention. She was a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and first-team District 8 academic all-star.

In 2012, Miles was the GNAC Freshman of the Year on a 19-4-0 team. She had a team-leading seven assists and tied for the team lead in goals with nine.

During her three-year career, Miles already is tied for fifth among WWU leaders in goals with 32 and is eighth in points with 74.

Richards, a junior from Longview, is a biology and anthropology major with a 3.58 GPA. He earned GNAC academic all-star honors in both track and cross country for the second time.

Richards placed 94th at the NCAA II National Cross Country Championships last fall as the Vikings finished 13th in the team standings, and helped WWU to a fourth straight title in outdoor track, competing in the 10,000 meters. He also lettered in indoor track.

After transferring from Clark CC, Richards was the 2013 GNAC Newcomer of the Year in cross country, earning conference and regional all-star honors that season.