Bonds, Heller named Academic All-Americans

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State seniors track athletes Morgan Bonds and Laci Heller have been selected as first team Academic All-Americans, as ESPN the Magazine and College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its annual academic honors for women’s cross country and track and field Thursday.


Both are repeat Academic All-Americans with Heller earning second team honors in 2005-06 and first team accolades in 2006-07 and Bonds posting second team honors in 2006-07.  They become just the fourth and fifth Wildcat track and field student-athletes to earn Academic All-America honors multiple times.  Heller becomes just the second Wildcat track and field student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors three times in a career, joining Amy Mortimer (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03), but the first to appear on the first team on multiple occasions.


Bonds and Heller join Scott Sellers as Academic All-Americans in 2007-08, who was also named to the first team on Monday.  Kansas State has had at least one Academic All-America selection from its track program in eight of the last nine years, including multiple selections four times.


A native of Hutchinson, Kan., Bonds advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800 meters, where she placed 23rd with a time of 2:09.25.  She earned automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional on May 31 with a time of 2:06.63.  She posted four regional marks during the season, while she finished fourth in the 800 meters at the Big 12 Championships on May 16 with a time of 2:09.94.   


A three-time first team Academic All-Big 12 selection, she posted a 3.98 GPA in biology and chemistry and received admission to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University medical program.


A native of Meriden, Kan., Heller earned invitations to both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships this past season.  She placed 10th in the weight throw at the indoor meet with a top toss of 64-10.75, while she finished 11th in the hammer throw at the outdoor meet with a top throw of 196-01.  In addition, she earned the silver in the hammer to teammate Loren Groves at the Big 12 Championship on May 16 with a toss of 197-06.  She also finished third in the weight throw at the conference meet on Feb. 29 with a throw of 65-06.25.    


A four-time first team Academic All-Big 12 selection, Heller tallied a 4.00 GPA in Feed Science Management.