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Date: Friday, June 15, 2001
Written by Michael Douglas


MEDFORD -- Sarah Deeb (West St. Paul, MN/Visitation School), a 2001 graduate of Tufts University, was named to the Verizon Academic All-America College Division At-Large Third Team. The team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Deeb was the national runner-up in the 400 meters at the 2001 NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships, with a time of 56.88, for which she was named an All-American for the fourth time. She also placed fifth in the 400 at the 2001 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track Championships, held May 24-26 at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. Her time of 56.24 seconds propelled her to her fifth All-America honors in her four years at Tufts.

Deeb graduated with a degree in Biopsychology and a GPA in excess of 3.6. A Dean's List student every semester since her first year at Tufts, she was a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society and the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. She also participated in numerous activities that enriched the Tufts community. She was co-chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a Junior Achievement Volunteer, and an emergency room volunteer.

Tufts is a University that prides itself upon its students' accolades both on the playing field and in the classroom, and Deeb has earned the right to be named among the school's long list of exceptional scholar-athletes. She is Tufts' 22nd Academic All-American. Her achievement also marks the third straight year that the Tufts women's cross country/track & field program has produced an Academic All-American, as 2000 graduate and current Tufts medical student Cindy Manning received First Team honors in both 1999 and 2000.

Gifted with both speed and versatility, Deeb leaves the University as one of the top competitors in school history in nearly every sprinting and middle-distance event, from the 55 meters to the 800 meters. She holds school records in both the indoor 600 meters (1:34.02) and the outdoor 400 meters (55.86). She was also a member of the record-setting Distance Medley Relay (12:31.26) team in the spring of 2000.

"Sarah is a gem of an individual, a wonderful and extremely dedicated student, and a superb role model for her teammates," said head coach Kristin Morwick. "She is one of the true scholar-athletes here at Tufts University."