Winters Named Co-Big 12 T&F Scholar Athlete of the Year

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Dani Winters has won her second academic honor of the 2015-16 campaign as she was named Co-Big 12 Women’s Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, along with West Virginia’s Kelly Williams, the conference office announced Thursday. 

Winters is the 11th Wildcat to earn Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors since the 2012-13 season as well as the first track and field athlete to be named Scholar-Athlete of Year. 

The Plainville, Kansas native was named to the honor after graduation with a 3.92 GPA in communication studies. Her academic excellence also earned her CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 team honors, which she received at the end of May. 

Winters has been equally successful on the track. During the indoor season, she won the 2016 Indoor National Championship in the shot put with a school-record throw of 17.97m/58-11.50. She also won the Outdoor Big 12 Conference title in the event in May with a throw of 17.39m/57-00.75.

Winters will compete in shot put at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, which is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. CT on Thursday. Live results for the meet can be found by following @kstate_gameday on Twitter or by tuning into the live results here.

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