K-State Track Teams Earn Academic Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its annual men’s and women’s academic awards with a number of Wildcats making the grade and leading Kansas State to team awards as well. Rok Derzanic, Adam Fretwell, Lamar Garrett, Michael Healey, Scott Sellers and Cameron Traxson all received recognition on the USTFCCCA Division I Men’s All-Academic Track and Field Team. On the women’s side Morgan Bonds, Loren Groves, Laci Heller, Nina Kokot, Ali Pistora, Thomaida Polydorou, Beverly Ramos Morales and Annika Schoenebeck all made the women’s academic team.


The six male Wildcats join 260 other Division I student-athletes from a total of 111 schools to set a record for most individuals to earn the award. Kansas State finished just behind Nebraska’s nine honorees and eight of Oregon and Stanford to be among the leading schools in the nation. The women set a Division I record as well with 468 student-athletes making the academic team. K-State was also among the national leaders with eight honorees.


To be named to the all-academic team, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.


The Wildcat men and women also surpassed the standards to be recognized as a 2008 USTFCCCA Division I  All-Academic Track and Field Team. The K-State men posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.130 to earn the award as a team must maintain a 3.0 to be honored while the women posted a 3.21 GPA. A total of 48 men’s teams and 117 women’s received this year’s academic award. K-State helped the Big12 Conference lead the way along with the Ivy League with five teams receiving the award for the men. The Big 12 also led in the most women’s teams receiving the team academic award with eight. The Big East and Big Ten also had eight women’s teams make the grade.