Valedictorian Chloe Hallyburton Named To Capital One Academic All-America Track Team

The 2013 valedictorian for the College of Arts & Sciences and women's high jump record holder is named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-America Women's Track/Cross Country Team.

FOREST GROVE – Chloe Hallyburton’s (Sr., Dayton, Ore.) performance on the track and in the classroom has been recognized as one of the best in the nation.

The recently graduated senior has been elected to the Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Track/Cross Country Second Team by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  The prestigious award was announced on June 25. 

Hallyburton is one of just two Northwest Conference athletes selected to the 45-member squad and she becomes the first Pacific Academic All-American since DeeDee Arnall was named to both the women’s basketball and track and field Academic All-American squads in 2006.

“This is a great honor for Chloe and we are very proud of her,” said Pacific Head Track and Field Coach Tim Boyce.  “Her dedication to excelling in all endeavors is inspiring.  She is a perfect example of what NCAA Division III athletics is supposed to be about.”

Hallyburton graduated in May and was named the valedictorian for the university’s College of Arts & Sciences after completing her undergraduate career with a 4.0 grade point average, majoring in exercise science and minoring in Spanish.  She was also honored as the co-Outstanding Senior in Exercise Science and was presented with the American Association of University Women award.   Her senior capstone project was titled, “Running Technique, Footwear and Injury Prevention: A Meta-Analysis.”

Hallyburton finished off a four-year Pacific track and field career as the school record holder in the women's high jump.  She cleared a height of 5 feet, 3 inches at the L&C Pioneer Open on Apr. 20, bettering the previous record of 5 feet, 2.5 inches, set by heptathlon All-American Brooke Barker in 2005.  Hallyburton qualified for the NWC Championships in two events, placing 11th in the high jump and 12th in the preliminary heats of the 400-meter hurdles.

In addition to her high jump record, Hallyburton leaves the Pacific track and field program ranked in Pacific's all-time top-10 in the 100-meter hurdles (10th), 400-meter hurdles (7th), pole vault (tie 7th) and heptathlon (tie 4th).  In addition to track, Hallyburton competed for two seasons as a member of the Pacific cross country team.
Also active in Pacific's symphonic band as a French horn player, Hallyburton was one of two recipients of the Outstanding Senior Instrumentalist award.

Hallyburton’s post-graduate studies will not take her far from Forest Grove.  She earned one of 36 ultra-competitive spots in Pacific’s School of Physical Therapy with the goal of earning her doctorate in physical therapy.

Nominated and voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America program recognizes nearly 10,000 student-athletes at the district level and over 800 Academic All-Americans on 12 different teams at every level of intercollegiate athletes.  Over 20,000 student-athletes have been recognized as Academic All-Americans since the program's inception in 1952.  Hallyburton is the third Pacific student-athlete to have been recognized by the program, joining Arnall (who was a three-time Academic All-America selection) and baseball selection Ryan Joy (2003).

To learn more about the Capital One Academic All-America program, visit

Posted by Blake Timm ( on Jun 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

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