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Tyree Finalist for 2011 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award

March 24, 2011

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio's Brittany Tyree was one of 10 female finalists for the 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Overall Sports Scholar Award. The junior from University Heights, Ohio was among 10 female and 10 male finalists profiled in the latest issue of the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Tyree, one of three underclassmen nominated, is a communication studies major and maintains a 3.91 grade point average. She is a member of the Ohio Dean's List and is a Recipient of the King Chavez Academic Scholarship. Tyree is also a member of the Ohio University Recruiting Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She also volunteers with the Ohio University Women's Center mentoring program and the Athens Child Advocacy Center, where she helps with community education and acts as a prevention volunteer.

Tyree recently finished sixth at the MAC Championships in the pentathlon. She achieved personal bests in the high jump (1.63 meters - fourth) and shot (10.49 meters - eighth), won the 800 meters with a time of 2:22.10 and placed ninth in the long jump. She has been a member of the track & field team for the past three years and was a member of the cross country team as a freshman.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, first established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award in 1992 to honor undergraduate students who excel on the field and in the classroom. The finalists are selected from more than 650 national nominees. To be nominated, students have to compete in athletics, maintain a minimum 3.20 grade-point average, and be active in their community or college campus.

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