K-State Earns USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State men's and women's cross country teams were named to the USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic team, announced earlier today, while Wildcat runner Morgan Wedekind earned All-Academic individual honors on the women's side. The women, who finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.42, earned the honor for the fourth time in the past five seasons, while the men's cumulative GPA of 3.10 snagged them the honor for the first time since 2010.

In total, the USTFCCCA handed out All-Academic nods to 226 women's programs and 179 men's programs. K-State was one of only four schools in the Big 12 Conference to have both its men's and women's squads earning the academic honors - joining Baylor, Iowa State and Texas Tech.

For Wedekind, the All-Academic honor caps off what has been a solid sophomore campaign for the Wichita, Kansas native both on and off the track. On the track, Wedekind's 2014 campaign was highlighted by a first-place finish at the JK Gold Classic Duals, as well as All-Big 12 and All-Midwest Region team nods. She excelled off the track being named to All-Academic Big 12 team late last year and is the first individual Wildcat runner since Beverly Ramos and Sydney Messick in 2009 to be named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team.

Majoring in Speech Pathology, Wedekind joined a total of 244 student-athletes (153 women, 91 men) honored this year in a class that saw 142 Division I programs earn individual representation.

To be eligible for USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition, a student-athlete must garner a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish among the top 15 runners (or top 10 percent) of their respective NCAA regional meet. For team qualification, programs must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.