Wildcats Place 15 on Academic All-Big 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State Track and Field placed 15 student-athletes on the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field team, announced earlier today by the conference office. This year's class saw a total of 211 student-athletes honored, 81 members on the men's team and 130 for the women.

For the Wildcats, the women led with 10 honorees, nine of them first team members. Erika Schiller, who is studying dietetics, was one of 15 students honored with a 4.0 grade point average, as well a first-time honoree for track and field -- Schiller is a three-time member for cross country. As for the rest of the Wildcat women, Tia' Gamble, Sarah Kolmer and Dani Winters were nominated for a third-consecutive season, while Erica Twiss earned first team honors for the second-straight season -- Twiss was also nominated in 2013 for second team.

Rounding the group of 10 were first time honorees, Sara Savatovic, Marija Stambolic, Zanri Van der Merwe, Morgan Wedekind and Sonia Gaskin (second team).

On the men's side, senior pole vaulter Tommy Brady garnered first team honors for a third year running. He was joined on the first team by Jeff Bachman, Kale Mueller and Carlos Rodriguez -- all first-time honorees. Lastly, for the men, junior Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye was named to the All-Academic second team.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher of the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. First team honors are given to athletes that maintained at least a 3.20 GPA. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

The Wildcats will compete in Ames, Iowa, this week for the Big 12 Championships, set to begin Friday, May 15.