UT's Wright wins top academic award

Tennessee’s Phoebe Wright ought to be running with an extra spring in her step this week at the Sea Ray Relays.

Wright, a distance-running All-American on the Lady Vols track team, was named Tuesday as female winner of the Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

The honor comes with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Wright, from Signal Mountain, has a 3.96 grade average with a double major in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

“I was really honored just to be nominated, let alone to win it,’’ Wright said Tuesday. “I’ve met some really amazing athletes and some really amazing people competing in the SEC.’’

Wright qualifies on both counts. Shes’ as competitive on the track as in the lab.

She won the 800 meters at the recent NCAA indoor national championships and has been a key member of UT’s record-setting distance-medley relay.

“We are extremely proud of the manner in which she continues to represent the university,’’ said J.J. Clark, UT’s director of track and field.

Wright plans to graduate in December and apply the scholarship to grad school at UT in the fall of 2011.

Her line of study will be geared toward pharmaceutical research.

“I would like to make drugs for brain disorders and Parkinson’s disease,’’ she said.

This week at Sea Ray she’ll settle for a competitive race, regardless of the distance.

“I’d like to get in a fast race, from the 400 to the 800 to the 1,500 depending on where the fast competitors are,’’ she said.

The male McWhorter award went to Auburn swimmer Jordan Anderson.

Sea Ray Start: Wednesday’s schedule at Tom Black Track is devoted to the women’s heptathlon (2 p.m.) and men’s decathlon (2:30 p.m..

The meet continues through Saturday with more than 1,200 athletes competing.

Wells Honored: UT senior Evander Wells is the SEC men’s co-runner of the week after posting a nation-leading 20.47 in the 200 meters last weekend.

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Comments » 17

BigBadVol writes:

Congrats!!!!!

TommyJack writes:

Good on her.

kyvol98 writes:

3.96 in THAT double major? Wow!

Congratulations!

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

Good grief... reminds me of Craig Krenzel, the former Ohio State QB. Kid graduated with like a 3.99 in molecular genetics. Gotta love the STUDENT-athletes. They defintely give it their all! Good job!!

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to kyvol98:

3.96 in THAT double major? Wow!

Congratulations!

Exactly!! Congrats!!

Volunatic writes:

Good work, Phoebe!
(Both academically and athletically.)

vol88 writes:

You are what's right about college athletes. Congratulations!

DRORANGELOVE writes:

Congratulations Phoebe, I know you are very proud of both your athletic AND academic accomplishments, as you should be. I can only imagine how proud your parents and family are of you also. You are a perfect role model that we as parents should present to our children to show them what they can accomplish themselves with the same hard work and determination that you have put forth. GOD Bless you and may you experience the Best of Good Luck in all your future endeavors. Thanks for being a Lady Vol.

Ayres_Hall writes:

She was also a walk-on to the track team. She is an amazing student athlete.

xx5vegasxx writes:

Reminds me of Alec Kessler from UGA a few years ago. Great basketball player, with a 3.9 GPA in Microbiology and something else. Why can't we get these type of kids on the football team????

nola_vol writes:

"...a double major in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology."

Ahem, staff... maybe a comma would separate--and thus clarify the identity of--her two majors. As written, Phoebe appears to have a quintuple major.

Down_The_Field writes:

good job Phoebe!

we here in signal mountain are proud of you!

miatatom writes:

Way to go Phoebe! You've made us Chattanooga folks very very proud. Keep up the good work. Someone as special as you deserves this award.

boogimn3 writes:

in response to xx5vegasxx:

Reminds me of Alec Kessler from UGA a few years ago. Great basketball player, with a 3.9 GPA in Microbiology and something else. Why can't we get these type of kids on the football team????

One word:

Culture

And I'm not talking about what you find in a petri dish...

boogimn3 writes:

in response to naffy:

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Nappy! (oops)
Naffy!

Who cares?
Those of us who wear our pants more or less at waist level.
Those of us who prefer to pursue an education rather than the next drug deal in the "hood".

By the way, what are you doing commenting on this article?
Oh, maybe you don't know what "academic" means...

cmoore7 writes:

Congratulations young lady! A true torchbearer

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Here in Chattanooga where Signal Mtn is I remember when she got the prep female athlete of the year also.

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