10 Wildcats Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

Mairead Murphy

July 25, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – It was another strong year in track and field for the Kansas State Wildcats, and 10 of them were honored for their hard work in the classroom and in competition by the USTFCCCA being named to the organization’s All-Academic Track & Field Team. Three men and seven women received the honor, and six of the student-athletes are first-time honorees making an impact on the team.

Leading the way with her fourth selection to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team was senior Ali Pistora. She closed her career this season with indoor eligibility and posted a throw of 18.63 meters (61-01.50) to rank No. 74 in the nation. Pistora is enrolled in graduate school and posted a GPA of 3.917 in her kinesiology graduate program.

Ryann Krais is a three-time honoree for the women, being named to the team each year she attended K-State and once while at UCLA. Krais was one of the nation’s top multi-event athletes both indoor and outdoor. She finished fifth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championship and 14th in the heptathlon outdoors. She also swept the Big 12 Conference titles indoor and outdoor. Krais graduated in May with her degree in psychology, holding a 3.953 GPA. She also was awarded the NCAA Elite 89 Award recognizing her as the student-athlete at the NCAA Outdoor Championship with the highest GPA and was awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the Big 12 Conference.

Boglarka Bozzay was named to the All-Academic Team for a second time and had an impressive senior season for the Wildcats on the track. She won her first Big 12 Conference title indoors in the 1,000 meters and backed that up with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship. Outdoors, Bozzay finished fifth in the 800 and 21st at the NCAA Championship. Bozzay holds a 3.495 GPA majoring in anthropology.

Chelsie Bonds also earned her second USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award and finished fifth at the Big 12 Indoor Championship in the weight throw. It marked the third time in her career she finished in the top eight and earned points for the team at the indoor championship meet. Bonds graduated with her degree in history and a 3.906 GPA.

All three members of the men’s team honored by the USTFCCCA were first-time honorees. Sophomores Ryan Hershberger and Kyle Wait joined junior Cameron Savage on the team.

Hershberger had a strong year in the shot put for the Wildcats. He finished seventh indoors at the Big 12 Championship and fifth outdoors. He ranked high enough to make the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Rounds where he finished 30th. He holds a 3.271 GPA majoring in computer science.

Pole vaulters Wait and Savage both made their presence felt indoors ranking among the top in the nation. Savage posted a season best mark of 5.20 meters (17-00.75) at the KSU Open to tie for third in school history. He is majoring in finance with a 3.556 GPA.

Wait also vaulted 5.20 meters during indoor and finished sixth at the Big 12 Championship. During outdoor, Wait won the Big 12 Championship on the Wildcats’ home track at R.V. Christian Track Complex. He posted a personal best mark of 5.35 meters (17-06.50) at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds to advance to the NCAA Championship. Wait is majoring in wildlife biology with a 3.400 GPA.

Three other multi-event athletes join Krais on the women’s All-Academic Team, receiving the honor for the first time. Junior college transfer Richelle Farley, freshman Sarah Kolmer and senior transfer Mairead Murphy all made the grade and performed strongly to make the team.

Farley performed well enough athletically to qualify in three events. She was among the national leaders outdoors in the heptathlon and the 100 meter hurdles. Her performances in those events at the Big 12 Championship put her in the top 50 in the hurdles and No. 56 in the heptathlon. Farley finished fifth in the 100 meters hurdles at the Big 12 Championship and just missed the podium in the heptathlon, finishing ninth. She also was among the leaders indoors in the pentathlon with her season-best score of 3,671 points. Farley posted a 3.393 GPA majoring in public health nutrition.

Kolmer made the conversion to a multi-athlete her freshman year well posting a season-best score of 3,592 points in the pentathlon indoors and 4,988 points in the heptathlon outdoors. She is majoring in kinesiology and posted a 3.840 GPA.

Murphy made a large impact in her only year with the Wildcats as she placed fourth in the heptathlon at the Big 12 Championship and third in the pentathlon. At both meets she set Ireland national records after not competing in multi-events since high school. Murphy qualified for the NCAA Championship in outdoor and finished 19th. She also finished sixth in the 100 meter hurdles at the Big 12 Championship. Murphy posted a 3.667 GPA in her kinesiology graduate program.

The USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors cap off an impressive year academically for the K-State track and field team. In addition to Krais winning NCAA Elite 89 Award, she also was named to the CapitalOne Academic All-America First Team.

It was a great year in the classroom for K-State in all sports. Some other academic highlights on the year include: football player Tysyn Hartman being named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy and selected as a member of the first team of Capital One Academic All-America Team; and Victor Ojeleye from the men’s basketball team received the prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award over more than 600 candidates.

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).