K-State Places 18 on Academic All-Big 12 Teams

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State placed 18 track and field student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 first and second teams, announced by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday afternoon. This was the highest number of recipients for the Wildcats since the 2003 season, when the teams placed 26 student-athletes on the list.

Leading the way was senior Ashleigh Rogers (dietetics) with her fourth career citation. Earning their third career first team honor was junior Laci Heller (feed science management) and senior Wally Walstrom (nutrition science). Heller was the only Wildcat to make the first team with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is the second straight year she has earned the honor with a 4.0 GPA.

On the list for the second time in their careers were junior Morgan Bonds (biology), junior Thomaida Polydorou (architectural engineering), junior Marianne Schlachter (English), sophomore Loren Groves (elementary education) and senior Hiral Bhakta (management).


Newcomers to the Academic All-Big 12 first team were: junior Jenny Glodowski (family studies), senior Kaylene Wagner (kinesiology), senior Bryce Bergman (mechanical engineering), sophomore Jason Collett (economics), sophomore Adam Fretwell (industrial engineering), senior Joe Moore (mass communication), junior Danny Schneider (food science) and sophomore Scott Sellers (pre-physical therapy).

On the Academic All-Big 12 second team for the first time were sophomore Emily Dittemore (family studies) and junior Brittany Moroney (marketing).


The Wildcats will be in action this weekend at the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb., beginning on Friday, May 11.