Wildcats Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

July 23, 2014

USTFCCCA Releases: Team | Men | WomenK-State AthleticsMANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for its effort in the classroom, with several athletes earning Division I All-Academic honors. Announced by the USTFCCCA this past week, 13 Wildcat student-athletes, as well as the women’s team, were awarded the academic honor.

For the women, the team was one of seven Big 12 schools to be named All-Academic, finishing the 2013-14 academic year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.34. Individually, the K-State women had seven student-athletes earn All-Academic honors with freshman Rachel Proteau and her perfect 4.0 GPA in Bio Chemistry leading the group. She was one of only 39 women honored to have recorded a cumulative GPA of 4.0.

Also earning the honors for the women were Tia' Gamble, Sarah Kolmer, Merryl Mbeng, Sara Savatovic, Erica Twiss and Dani Winters. Kolmer, studying Pre-Med, was named All-Academic for a third-straight year, while Gamble, Mbeng and Winters were all named for the second year running. Twiss and Savatovic were both first-time honorees.

On the men’s side, six individuals were named All-Academic, including both Cameron Savage and Kyle Wait for the third-straight year. Joining Savage and Wait were first time honorees Miles Bearden, Tommy Brady and Kyle Hanson. Rounding out the group was Ryan Hershberger, who earned the accolade for the second time in his career.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

In total, the 2013-14 academic year saw the USTFCCCA honor 208 women’s teams and 116 men’s teams and, individually, 727 women from 193 institutions and 496 men from 165 institutions.