Nine Runners Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

IRVING, Texas - The Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday that nine runners from the Kansas State cross country teams have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country Teams. Kevin Edwards, Jack Sachse, Alyssa Bellinder, Sydney Messick, Emilee Morris, Megan-Anne Perrin and Beverly Ramos were named to the first team and Tyler Fennema and Boglarka Bozzay were named to the second team.

To be eligible for this honor, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 grade point average or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his/her team's scheduled competitions. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Among the 134 student-athletes honored, juniors Jack Sachse and Alyssa Bellinder joined only five others around the league who were recognized for their perfect 4.00 grade point average.

Ramos was placed on the first team for the third consecutive season. Ramos has been a vital asset for the Wildcats, placing first in two of the three meets in which she has competed this season. Ramos also received accolades from the league office as the Big 12 Runner of the Week on September 22nd for her first place performance at the Missouri State Classic.

Fellow senior Perrin was also recognized for the being selected for the third straight year on the first team. Perrin has competed in all four events for K-State this season.

Rounding out the first team selections for the Wildcats were Messick, Morris and Edwards, all who are receiving this honor for their first time in their careers.

Fennema and Bozzay completed the selection team for the Wildcats, by earning second team honors.

Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, K-State cross country has received 76 first team honors and 22 second team honors.

The Wildcats will travel to Columbia, Mo., Saturday for the Big 12 Championships, hosted by Missouri.