Wildcats Place 10 on USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

Sam James

Aug. 4, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A group of 10 Wildcats have been recognized for their hard work in the classroom and in competition by the USTFCCCA being named to the organization’s All-Academic Track & Field Team. Two men and eight women received the honor, and five of the student-athletes are first-time honorees.

Senior Moritz Cleve was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for the third time in his career. The Germany native is majoring in public relations with a 3.532 GPA. This season Cleve finished eighth in the decathlon at the NCAA Championship during outdoor season. He also finished 10th in the heptathlon during the indoor season. Cleve is scheduled to graduate next spring and will continue to train with head coach Cliff Rovelto and will be an intern in K-State’s Fan Experience and Sales beginning this fall.

Ali Pistora qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in the javelin and her best throw of the season was 170-11 and ranked among the best in the NCAA. Pistora holds a 3.784 GPA in kinesiology and was named to the All-Academic Team for a third time.

Nina Kokot made the team for the third time as well graduating with her degree in kinesiology and a 3.919 GPA. Kokot finished sixth at the NCAA Championship during outdoor season and broke the school record in the long jump at 20-11.25. During indoor season, Kokot finished ninth at the NCAA Championship and bettered her own school record to 21-01.25 at the Tyson Invitational. She also was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team this year. Kokot has returned home to Slovenia and is continuing to train for competition.

Ryann Krais adds to her list of awards this year with her second USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honor after also being named to the team last season while at UCLA. Krais has a 3.929 GPA in psychology and won her first NCAA title this season in the heptathlon. She also finished third in the 400 meter hurdles at the outdoor championship meet. During indoor season, Krais finished sixth in the pentathlon.

Sara Stoakes is another repeat honoree making the grade with a GPA of 3.667 in animal science. Stoakes qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds West Regional this season in the 800 meters and finished 37th with her time of 2:10.24.

The five first-time members of the All-Academic Team are Denise Baker, Chelsie Bonds, Boglarka Bozzay, Sam James and Julia Zeiner.

Baker closed her career at K-State by qualifying for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in the 100 meter hurdles and placing 37th with her time of 14.09 seconds. Baker graduated with her degree in dietetics and a 3.274 GPA. She will begin graduate school at Oklahoma State this fall.

Bonds holds a 3.885 GPA in history and finished seventh in the weight throw at the Big 12 Indoor Championship.

Bozzay advanced all the way to the semifinals at the NCAA Championship in the 800 meters finishing 14th with her time of 2:05.97. She holds a 3.385 GPA in anthropology.

James graduated with a 3.429 GPA in mechanical engineering and is employed by Bettis Labs in Pittsburgh, Pa. He finished 15th at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in the 800 meters this season, narrowly missing a spot at the NCAA Championship site. He finished third at the Big 12 Indoor Championship and sixth outdoors.

Zeiner closed her freshman season strong with a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship. Her score of 5,142 points also put her in the top 10 in school history and ranked 42nd in the NCAA this season. She completed her first year of college with a 3.607 GPA in kinesiology.

The success of these 10 student-athletes adds to the many awards the Wildcats have earned throughout this academic year. K-State and the rest of the Big 12 Conference joined to have the most athletes on the men’s and women’s teams combined with a total of 140. The Pac-10 was next with 110. K-State currently holds the highest all-sports graduation rate in the Big 12, an honor it has staked claim to in each of the past four years.

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).