Sauer and Hellebostad Named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/09/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 9, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico student-athletes Jon Sauer and Tor-Hakon Hellebostad were named to the 2009 ESPN the Magazine Men's At-Large Academic All-America® Teams today. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Sauer, a member of the Lobo men's golf team, was named to the second team, while Hellebostad, an all-American skier, was named to the third team.

Sauer, a senior from St. Cloud, Minn., has a 4.02 GPA majoring in Management. His is one of three current Lobo student-athletes in all sports to carry a 4.0 GPA or higher. Sauer was recently named the 2008-09 Lobo Club Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year and to the UNM All-Academic Team. On the course, Sauer had a 73.53 stroke average over 38 rounds with five top-20 finishes.

Hellebostad is a junior from Nesoddtangen, Norway. He has a 3.98 cumulative grade-point-average, majoring in University Studies. Hellebostad was named a Scholar-Athlete by the National Ski Coaches Association in 2008 and 2009. He is also a two-time NCAA All-American on the slopes in the 10K men's classical race.

Sauer and Hellebostad bring the number of 2008-09 Lobo Academic All-Americans to five, joining Simon Ejdmyer (1st team men's soccer), Chris Wright (2nd team men's soccer) and Zach Arnett (1st team football).

About the Academic All-America® program ...
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

ESPN The Magazine - winner of the 2006 and 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence - is a provocative and innovative sports publication. Full of insight, analysis, impact and wit, the oversized biweekly with a circulation of 1.9 million looks ahead to give fans a unique perspective on the world of sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.