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Wildcat Headliners in 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan - While coming a couple days late, here are several of the top moments in K-State athletics during the 2010 calendar year.

Top Wildcat Teams of 2010
Men's Basketball - Frank Martin's group advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, placed second in the Big 12 standings and won a school record 29 games.

Baseball - Advanced to a second straight NCAA Regional after an all-time high third-place finish in the Big 12 standings.

Women's Cross Country - K-State advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since the 2000 season. The Wildcats ran fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Football - K-State enjoyed a seven-win season, which included a 36-34 loss to Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl staged at Yankee Stadium. Included in the Wildcat season were wins against Kansas, Texas, UCLA and Central Florida.

Equestrian - K-State riders enjoyed their best showings in program history including a runner-up finish at the 2010 Varsity Equestrian National Championships.


Male Athletes of 2010
Nick Martini, baseball - Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, Big 12 first-teamer and second team All-American. Hit .416, which included a 26-game hitting streak.

Denis Clemente, basketball - The heart and soul of K-State's 29-victory basketball year that included three victories in the NCAA Tournament.

Jacob Pullen, basketball - Opened the 2010-11 season as a preseason all-American after being one of the leaders in last year's drive to the Elite Eight. 

Daniel Thomas, football - Finished his career as K-State's second all-time rusher in just a 25-game career, which included a No. 2 all-time rushing single-season. Ranked among the top three in the Big 12 and top-10 in the nation in rushing.

Erik Kynard, track - Placed second in the Big 12 Indoor meet and 11th at the NCAA Indoor, plus second in the Big 12 Outdoor and sixth at the NCAA Outdoor

Honorable Mention: Corey Adams, football long snapper; William Powell, football; Carter Jurica, baseball; Jeffrey Julmis, track and field; Adam Muenster, baseball


Female Athletes of 2010
Beverly Ramos, track - Broke the school record in the steeplechase, raced fourth at the Big 12 in the 5000 and 10th in the nation. Broke the Puerto Rican record in 5000-meters. Set the indoor record in the 5000 and was 10th at the NCAA, second in the Big 12 indoors in the 3000 and 5000.

Ashley Sweat, basketball - Moved into third place in all-time scoring in school history and became the third player to score at least 1,800 points, collect 600 rebounds and have 70 blocked shots. A first-team all-Big 12 selection, plus was an Academic All-American

Sara Stoakes, track - Raced to a Big 12 Championship in the outdoor season in the 800-meters ... ran third in the Big 12 indoor.

Sydney Messick, track - Placed 15th in the Big 12, 15th at the Midwest Regional and 57th at the NCAA Championships as the Wildcats qualified for nationals for the first time since 2000.

JuliAnne Chisholm, volleyball-basketball - Became a two-sport athlete doubling in volleyball and basketball; earned second career Academic All-America citation

Honorable Mention:  Lauren Mathewson, volleyball; Martina Tresch, track; Antea Huljev, tennis


Top Overall Freshmen
Erik Kynard, track - Placed second in the Big 12 Indoor meet and 11th at the NCAA Indoor, plus second in the Big 12 Outdoor and sixth at the NCAA Outdoor

Ty Zimmerman, Tre Walker, football -Zimmerman was a first team Freshman All-American selection by Rivals.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele, while Tre Walker was a fourth team Freshman All-America pick by Phil Steele.

Kaitlynn Pelger, volleyball - Made the All-Freshman team. She was the first freshman to lead the Wildcats in kills since 1993.

Martina Tresch, track - A third-place finisher in the Big 12 Outdoor steeplechase with a school record. Ran eighth at the NCAA West Regional and 16th in the NCAA Championships. Ranked 11th at the Midwest Regional in cross country, 23rd in the Big 12 and 52nd in the NCAA.

Brittany Chambers, basketball - Named to the Big 12 All-Rookie team by the Waco Tribune. She was the only freshman in the Big 12 to score 350+ points, control 180+ rebounds and have 80+ assists. Her 388 points ranks fourth-highest in school history by a freshman.


Top Games of 2010
Men's basketball vs. Xavier - A 101-96 double-overtime victory over Xavier in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament will go down as one of the great contests in K-State history. Jacob Pullen scored 28, Denis Clemente 25 and Curtis Kelly 21 in the victory

Football vs. Texas - K-State blitzed the Texas Longhorns, 39-14, as Collin Klein rushed for 127 yards, an all-time rushing high for a first-game starter as a Wildcat, while Daniel Thomas rushed for 106 yards. K-State's defense held the Longhorns to a measly 270 yards.

Baseball vs. Texas - It was the first home win over a No. 1 ranked team in school history, while it ended the Longhorns' 21-game winning streak, which included a Big 12 record 17-straight conference
victories.

Women's Basketball vs. Iowa State - The Wildcats upset No. 22/18 Iowa State, 73-67, as Ashley Sweat scored 31 points.

Women's Tennis vs. Kansas - The Wildcats blanked Kansas 7-0 to complete the first sweep of the Jayhawks in the 34-year history of the rivalry.


Off the Field Heroes
Sierra Cuda, Rowing - Created a Project Purple campaign to raise awareness and funds for Cycstic Fibrosis Foundation. During homecoming week, for every $1000 raised, a letter on Manhattan Hill was covered with purple fabric. She received Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions Award from Big 12 Conference for her efforts.

Jason Schulte - President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council