Not only in life, but also at Pacific University, competition comes in all shapes and forms. At a school where more than half of the student body partakes in athletics, you are likely to come across one of the many competitors at one point or another.

While there is always something happening on the field, court or track, the competition that occurs away from the game is just as fierce. Whether a wide receiver, outfielder or distance runner, everyone plays the position of student, first and foremost. The effort that student-athletes put in is the reason why Pacific is able to boast nearly 100 athletes to the yearly Northwest Conference student-athlete honor roll.

In order to be selected to the list, athletes must achieve and maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average throughout the end of the academic year as well as participate in a full season of a varsity sport.

The Pacific team that leads in number of players selected for the 2012-2013 school year was the women’s track and field squad. They have nearly half of their roster on the list, for a grand total of 14 selections.

Right below the women on the list is Pacific’s football squad, with 10 participants named for 2013-2014.

Jordan Fukumoto, this year a senior player on the football team, is one of the proud members of the honor roll. He said that a lot of the successes come from a strong support system within the team.

“The coaches are basically our college parents who watch over our academic performance just as hard as our athletic performance,” Fukumoto said.

It is this kind of care that helps every team at Pacific strive to be the best they can be, both on the field and in the classroom.

“Our coaches prepare us for the future, not just for their personal image with wins and losses,” further explained Fukumoto. “They care more about us succeeding in life than in our four years of football.”

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