16 Wildcats Named Academic All-Big 12

LUBBOCK, Texas The Big 12 Conference announced the 2009 Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field Team on Wednesday with 16 Kansas State Wildcats receiving the honor. Thirteen K-State student-athletes were honored as first team selections. The 13 first team honors ties last season’s total.

The women’s team had seven Wildcats named to the first team with at least a 3.20 GPA. Seniors Emily Dittemore and Loren Groves helped lead the group with Chelsie Bonds, Meriel Harwood, Stephanie Hejde and Kristel Williams also making the grade.

Three of the women for K-State received first team honors for the second time. Dittemore and Hejde repeated as first team all-academic while Loren Groves garnered her fourth honor on the first team. This was Dittemore’s third overall honor making the second once before.

A total of six men were named to the first team for K-State. Moritz Cleve, Jason Collett, Adam Fretwell, Danny Schneider, Scott Sellers and Cameron Traxson joined the prestigious group of student-athletes. This was third first team accolade for Collett, Fretwell, Schneider and Sellers.

Three women also represented K-State on the second team. Second team members have a GPA ranging from 3.00 to 3.19. Denise Baker, Amanda Boor and Nancy Harrington each joined their 13 teammates on the list.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and much have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated in a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

The Wildcats are in Lubbock preparing for the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held on the campus of Texas Tech this Friday through Sunday. For a complete list of the Academic All-Big 12 Team visit www.big12sports.com.