SE: Congratulations, Seniors!

K-State Athletics celebrated the graduation of 24 of its student-athletes this weekend with various ceremonies taking place on the Kansas State campus.

Nine of the Wildcats’ 16 varsity athletics teams had student-athletes graduating with 11 football graduates leading the way.

From Kinesiology to Food Science and Industry to Early Childhood Education, 18 different majors are represented through this fall’s graduating class.

“It’s huge,” said Morgan Burns on graduating from K-State with a degree in Communication Studies. “Just the fact that I’ve accomplished being a student-athlete, I did the school side and the athletics side, not a lot of people can say they did that. It’s not easy. So to be able to look back and say that I did it, like Coach Snyder would say, it’s a good feather in my hat. I’m thankful for it.”

Burns’ graduation came during an exciting time in his football career as he has recently picked up for four All-America recognitions and was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.

Another Wildcat football player that graduated was linebacker Will Davis, who received his degree in Accounting and Finance. Davis, a junior, finished his degree early and is excited to continue his education at K-State as he will begin working toward a graduate degree in Accounting this spring. 

“Graduating is something I’m proud of, and something I’m proud to have accomplished in three and a half years,” said Davis.  “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do because now I can take that next step and start working on my master’s degree. Achieving a master’s degree gives me the opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done in my family. So it’s something I’m very proud of.”

Each and every student-athlete who graduated this weekend has represented K-State both on the playing field and in the classroom. Often, juggling schoolwork, training and competition is a balancing act, but these student-athletes, these 24 competitors, got it done.

“My time at K-State was made up of countless hours of just hardcore grinding, and at times I felt like I couldn’t do it,” said women’s basketball and Advertising graduate, Haley Texada. “The support system I had here at K-State is what kept me going. Everyone had each other’s back no matter who it was. Although some days were a grind, to finally see the finish line is worth every ounce of blood, sweat and tears I gave to this program. It’s extremely rewarding, to say the least.” 

With that, congratulations to this year’s Wildcat graduating class!

2015 Fall Graduates:

Baseball:
Max Brown – Social Sciences
Nate Williams  – Social Sciences

Equestrian:
Savannah Smith – Family Studies and Human Services
Kelsey Sousa - Biology

Football:
Aaron Bennett – Social Sciences
Reed Bergstrom – Management
Morgan Burns – Communication Studies
Dalton Converse - Kinesiology
Will Davis – Accounting and Finance
Glenn Gronkowski – Marketing and Management
Kyle Klein – Industrial Engineering
Jordan Kupersmith – Social Sciences
Danzel McDaniel – Sociology/Criminology
Ian Patterson – Food Science and Industry
Cody Small – Kinesiology

Men’s Basketball:
Shawn Meyer – Communication Studies

Women’s Basketball:
Haley Texada – Advertising

Women’s Golf:
Carly Ragains - Marketing
 
Women’s Track and Field:
Joslyn Barnes – Social Sciences
Sarah Kolmer – Kinesiology/Pre-Medicine
 
Rowing:
Ashley Houser – Mathematics
Lacey Reifschneider – Sociology/Criminology
 
Men’s Track and Field:
Tommy Brady - Education
 
Volleyball:
Gina Madonia – Early Childhood Education and FSHS

 
ALSO SEE:
BURNS NAMED AP ALL-AMERICAN
Kansas State senior kick returner Morgan Burns picked up his fourth All-America designation of the postseason as he was named a Second Team All-American as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press, the organization announced Sunday. It marks the fifth-straight season a Wildcat has been named an All-American by the AP.

Burns has also been named a First Team All-American by USA TODAY Sports and CBSSports.com in the past week, while he was an honorable mention pick by Sports Illustrated. 

Burns is the national leader in kickoff-return touchdowns with four – including three in over the final four games – to tie the school and Big 12 records. His current 33.8-yard average ranks second nationally and third in K-State history.

To continue reading about Burns, please click here

WILDCATS SWEEP K-STATE WINTER INVITATIONAL 
A strong day in the field and on the track propelled Kansas State’s men’s and women’s track teams to victories in the K-State Winter Invitational in Ahearn Field House on Saturday. 
 
The men’s side finished with 67 total points in the meet, while the women’s side finished with a total of 66 points. 
 
“I feel like we hit a lot of really good marks today,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “I think in general, the throwers looked very good. There were some great marks and some personal records. There really was not a whole lot that was disappointing. Most of it was very encouraging and it is very encouraging to see what they are doing at this point.”

To continue reading about yesterday’s track meet, please click here

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SINKS FLORIDA ATLANTIC, 102-53
K-State women’s basketball’s offense stepped on the accelerator early in its game against Florida Atlantic yesterday evening at Bramlage Coliseum and didn’t let off until the final buzzer, defeating the Owls 102-53. K-State surpassed the 100-point mark for the first time since Nov. 26, 2005 at Santa Clara (100-71) and scored over 100 points for the first time in Bramlage Coliseum since Jan. 5, 2003 against Iowa (103-60).

The Wildcats had all 14 players score at least one point for the first time this season, with four player reaching double figures. Junior guard Kindred Wesemann tallied 19 points which included a 5-of-6 effort from beyond the arc. Junior center Breanna Lewis tallied 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and seven reounds. Senior guard Antoinette Taylor came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points and senior guard Megan Deines finished with 11 points.

For game notes, quotes, the box score and more from yesterday evening’s game, please click here.

HOT-SHOOTING TEXAS A&M DOWNS MEN’S BASKETBALL, 78-68
Texas A&M connected 54 percent from the field, including 58.3 percent in the second half, to hand Kansas State a 78-68 loss on Saturday afternoon before 7,003 fans at Reed Arena.

Leading 43-42 with 13:47 to play in the contest, Texas A&M (8-2) used a critical intentional foul call to ignite a 21-3 run over a near eight-minute stretch to give the home team a near insurmountable lead.

Behind huge second-half efforts by juniors Wesley Iwundu and D.J. Johnson, the Wildcats (7-2) nearly made an improbable comeback, closing the gap to 71-66 with 1:03 remaining. However, the Aggies would score seven of the last nine points to clinch the game and move to 6-0 at home this season.

For more information on the Wildcats’ game at Texas A&M, please click here