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A Memorable Week for the Wildcats

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April 13, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

What a week it has been for K-State Athletics.

From coaches and former student-athletes inducted into various halls of fame to current student-athletes breaking records and competing at the highest levels in the Big 12, it has been a week to remember.

Best in the Big 12

Numerous Wildcats have competed above and beyond in conference competition. Representing K-State well, their performances did not go unnoticed by the Big 12.

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For the first time in his Wildcat career, track and field sophomore Reinis Kregers was named the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week after a solid decathlon performance at the Sam Adams Multi in Westmont, Calif. A weekend filled with personal best for the decathlete, Kregers finished the event with 7,304 points - just 50 points less than the decathlon winner, Chico State's Patrick J. Smith (7,351). The weekly accolade is the first by a Wildcat during the 2014 season. 

The Wildcat rowing squad continued its successful 2014 season last weekend where its 1st Varsity 8 squad earned Big 12 Boat of the Week after solid performances in both the Sunflower Showdown and the San Diego Crew Classic. It marked the second time of the season the Wildcats' 1st Varsity 8 garnered boat of the week honors, and the third-straight weekly nod this season for K-State Rowing.

Off the water, the rowing team has also found success in the classroom as 68 rowers were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. The 68 honorees are the most for the Wildcats since joining Conference USA in 2010. For a complete list of honorees, click here.

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Finally, equestrian senior Kelly Bovaird was named the National Collegiate Equitation Association (NCEA) Horsemanship Rider of the Month for the month of March, the association announced on Thursday. The honor came after Boviard completed March with a perfect 3-0 record and received one Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honor.

"I am so excited to be the NCEA rider of the month," said Bovaird. "It was definitely a surprise and a great confidence builder heading into nationals. I'm so thankful to be a part of such an amazing team with incredible teammates and coaches."

Next up for Bovaird and the Wildcats is a trip to the NCEA National Championship in Waco, Texas, from April 17-19, for K-State's final competition of the season.


Hall of Fame

While K-State baseball head coach Brad Hill was elected to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Hall of Fame earlier this month, other Wildcats who also joined Halls of Fame this past week were Mitch Richmond (men's 
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basketball 1986-88), who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in August, and K-State football linebacker coach Mike Cox, who was inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame during the 52nd annual North Idaho Sports Banquet yesterday evening in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 

Richmond, who is one of only 25 Wildcats to score 1,000 points during his K-State career, spent 14 seasons in the NBA where he was one of only 10 players in history to average more than 21 points per game in each of first 10 seasons. He won a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and earned a Bronze Medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and a gold - with the "dream team" - in the 1996 Barcelona Olympics.

Cox, one of five inductees in this year's class, was a standout athlete at Coeur d'Alene High School prior to starring as linebacker at the University of Idaho from 1983-86. Cox still ranks among Idaho's all-time leaders with 252 career tackles, including a team-leading 89 stops in 1984. For more on Cox, click here.


Finalist

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K-State Football's Jonathan Coleman, a two-year letterwinner, was named one of 16 male finalists for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award on Thursday in a joint announcement by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and the NCAA.

Coleman was selected as a finalist from over 600 male and female minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions. He was one of three Big 12 student-athletes to be named a finalist, joining Oklahoma State track student-athlete Lance Gray and Texas women's crew student-athlete Jessica Glennie.

An active member in the community, Coleman is the President of the Delta Delta chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and has volunteered for various activities through his fraternity, including: Adopt-a-Highway, blood drive, canned food drive for Thanksgiving, deliveries of breadbaskets to families in need and a holiday drive that raised funds and food for families in need on Fort Riley. As a member of the K-State football team, Coleman has also visited a local elementary school and retirement home.

The sociology major has also been successful in the classroom as he has carried a cumulative 3.35 GPA, including a perfect 4.0 mark during the fall semester. On the field, the Mesquite, Texas, product played in eight career games, including five contests during the Wildcats' Big 12 Championship season of 2012 when he recorded three tackles.

Past winners of the Sports Scholar Award include Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, former Tennessee women's basketball standout Kara Lawson and NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk.

Award Candidate

K-State Baseball's Ross Kivett was named to the Golden Spikes Award 50-man midseason watch list on Thursday, USA Baseball announced. The Golden Spikes Award is the honor given to the nation's top amateur baseball player.
Kivett was one of 27 players from the award's preseason watch list, which was announced on February 14, to also be listed on the midseason watch list. Twenty-three new players joined the group to help comprise the 50-man list.
For more on Kivett's nomination, and to check out other nominees from around the nation, click here

On Today's Schedule

Coming off of a 7-0 loss against No. 54 TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, the No. 71 K-State tennis team will continue road competition at No. 34 Texas Tech today with competition beginning at 12 p.m. 

After Friday's loss, the Wildcats fell to 8-11 on the season and are 2-5 in Big 12 action. The Red Raiders are 15-7 this season with a 5-3 mark in conference play.

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