Five Wildcats Earn Academic All-District Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. Five members of the Kansas State track and field teams were voted to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII teams, as announced by CoSIDA Thursday. The Wildcats had three individuals, Morgan Bonds, Laci Heller and Scott Sellers, named to the first team, while Loren Groves and Beverly Ramos were recognized on the second team. All first team selections move on to consideration for Academic All-America nomination.


Seniors Bonds and Heller earn the accolade for the second- and third-consecutive season, respectively. Bonds, a native of Hutchinson, Kan., is graduating from K-State with a 3.98 GPA in biology and chemistry. With her second All-District first team selection, Bonds adds to her academic honors resume after having finished as a three-time Academic All-Big 12 first team member. The senior mid-distance runner will be competing in her third NCAA Championships after having automatically qualified in the women’s 800M. Heller, now a three-time All-District first team honoree, holds a 4.0 GPA in feed science management. The senior from Meriden, Kan., will be competing in her fourth and final national meet as she earned a place in the women’s hammer throw field.


Both Bonds and Heller were voted to the Academic All-America team last season, with Heller earning first team honors and Bonds finishing on the second team.


With his first All-District selection, junior Sellers from Katy, Texas, has posted a GPA of 3.68 in finance. He was honored earlier this season after being named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team. The five-time All-American will be taking part in his third outdoor championships and will be looking to contend for the national high jump title after having taken the crown in 2007.


Groves and Ramos were each voted to the second team for their first All-District honors. Groves, a junior from Scott City, Mo., boasts a 3.76 GPA in education, while Ramos, a Trujillo, Puerto Rico, sophomore, has maintained a 4.0 GPA in life science. Each earned a ticket to the NCAA Championships as Groves will be doubling in the women’s hammer and discus throws and Ramos will return to the national scene in the 3000M steeplechase.


Since 2003, K-State has tallied 16 student-athletes on the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA All-District teams, with six going on to capture Academic All-America honors. This year marks the most nominations in a single season for All-District honorees, while the 2006 teams named four Wildcats with two placing on each the first and second team.