Nine Wildcats Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

Richelle Farley

July 24, 2013

USTFCCCA Teams: Men | Women

The 2013 track and field season saw a number of K-State Wildcats post impressive performances at championship events and on Wednesday nine of them were recognized for their combined efforts in their sport and in the classroom being named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. K-State’s women’s team had six Wildcats named to the team while the men added three to the list as well.

Four Wildcats received the honor for the second time in their careers. Senior Richelle Farley was recognized for her performance in the 100 meter hurdles and her 3.51 GPA with sophomore Sarah Kolmer joining her as two-time recipient for the women. Kolmer was honored for her 3.84 GPA in kinesiology and her performances on the 4x400 relay team.

Pole vaulters Kyle Wait and Cameron Savage were the two men who were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for a second time. Wait won the Big 12 Conference title outdoors and tied for seventh at the NCAA Championship after finishing ninth indoors this year and holds a 3.62 GPA in wildlife biology. Savage qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in the pole vault and carries a 3.44 GPA in finance.

Three freshmen made the grade this season with Tia Gamble, Jasmine Gibbs and Dani Winters being named to the team.

Gamble earned a 3.43 GPA this year in business and qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in the 400 meter hurdles while also running on K-State’s relays teams that qualified.

Gibbs broke the school record indoors in the 60 meters this season and advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in the 100 meters and the long jump while earning a 3.54 GPA.

Winters is a redshirt freshman who advanced to the Preliminary Rounds in the shot put and discus in her first year competing for the Wildcats. She also has a 3.88 GPA in communications.

Newcomer Merryl Mbeng was named to the team in her first year at K-State. The junior from France finished sixth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and earned a 3.43 GPA in social science.

Fernando Roman was the final member of the team for K-State, ranking in the 3,000 meter steeplechase to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. The sophomore holds a perfect 4.00 GPA majoring in mathematics.

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; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).