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Former Sunnyside High School athlete named EWU female scholar athlete of the year

Christina (Linde) Borders was named the Eastern Washington University female scholar-athlete of the year, just one of the accolades she garnered before graduating June 11.

"I was pretty excited about the award," she said. "I was shocked I got it. I was in a field with some really good athletes. I kind of nicked them on the academic side."

Borders received a bobble-head of EWU's mascot, the Eagle, for her efforts.

The scholar-athlete award recognizes and honors the 'best of the best' of the Big Sky Conference's nearly 3,000 student-athletes. One senior male and female from each school is honored.

Borders graduated from EWU with a 3.97 grade point average as a health service administration major. She is a 2006 graduate of Sunnyside High School.

This past track season Borders earned Big Sky all-academic honors for the fourth time in her career after transferring from Gonzaga. She was also honored with the Frances B. Huston award, which is the most prestigious award given by EWU to a student.

The award is given to graduating seniors for academic excellence and outstanding leadership qualities demonstrated at EWU or in the community.

Borders said she was really involved with her student organization program and helped organize fundraisers for the health services administration student organization.

Borders had an outstanding track career at EWU. Her time of 12.01 in the 60m hurdles indoors is the second fastest in school history and her time of 8.40 in the 55m hurdles is fifth. She qualified for Big Sky Conference competitions four times in her career.

She ended her collegiate track career at the Big Sky Conference Championships May 15 at Weber State University. She finished 10th in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.68 seconds, her fastest time ever.

"I was happy with it," she said. "It was a good way to end my track career."

Borders said she is excited to be finished with school and is looking forwards to beginning her career in health services. She credits her parents, LaDon and Sandra Linde, and teachers at Sunnyside High School for pushing her in the right direction and being good mentors to her.

"I'm glad I grew up in that (Sunnyside) area," she said.

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