Wildcats Earn NCEA Academic Honors

Jesse Johnson

April 4, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan.- The No. 5 Kansas State equestrian team had 17 riders earn academic honors by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), in an announcement on Thursday. Three of those riders placed on the first team.

"We are extremely proud of these student-athletes as they are able to balance the tough demands of being an athlete while excelling in the classroom," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "We always tell them they are students first and their academic performance will be with them for the rest of their lives. It is wonderful that the NCEA is recognizing athletes for their academic achievements as well as athletic performance."

To qualify for the first team, student-athletes must have competed in at least 70 percent of their team's scheduled contests while maintaining a 3.50 GPA in previous Spring and Fall semesters. Second team status is earned by competing in 60 percent of team meets while holding a 3.25 GPA. Honorable mention honorees must have competed in at least 50 percent of team matches and hold a 3.00 GPA while honor roll winners must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25 while maintaining full-time enrollment in the previous Spring and Fall semesters, respectively.

Juniors Jordan Cox, Jesse Johnson and Rachel Webster were all named to the first team. This honor marks the second straight season that both Cox and Webster earned NCEA academic awards.

Placing on the second team were seniors Sam Etsell, Meredith Finch, Kali Yates, junior Shana Barnett and sophomore Madison Wayda. Junior Amelia Crites garnered honorable mention status.

Along with those nine riders, eight others joined them on the NCEA Academic Honor Roll. Senior Katie Haukos, juniors Katie DeLano, Laura Lafnitzegger, Mariah Moxley, Caroline Murray, Allison Tozier, sophomores Karsen Brown and Libby Tudor rounds out the list of K-State riders who placed on the honor roll.

K-State will travel to Waco, Texas as they will compete in the NCEA Championships on April 18-20.