Winters Named CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former Wildcat Dani Winters continues to build on to her already long list of academic honors from this past season as she was named CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American, the sports information organization announced on Friday. 

Winters is the 17th K-State track and field student-athlete to be named to any CoSIDA Academic All-America team and the first female to be named to a team since Ryann Krais in 2012 and the first track and athlete since Kyle Wait was named to the First Team in 2014. 

She was also the 26th Wildcat to be named to a CoSIDA Academic All-District Team dating back to the 2002-03 season. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 team honors in early May, the first Wildcat to be named to a District team since the 2013-14 season, when Wait was named to the all-district first team. 

The Plainville, Kansas native graduated from K-State in May with a 3.92 GPA in communication studies. Her academic excellence has also earned her Co-Big 12 Women’s Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which she earned at the beginning of June. 

Her excellence both in the classroom and on the track earned her a nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year, which highlights excellence in athletics, in the classroom and in the community.

The top 30 nominees, broken down to 10 student-athletes per division, will be announced in early September. The list will then be whittled down to the top nine candidates, or top three per division, before the Woman of the Year is announced on Sunday, October 16 at a special awards dinner in Indianapolis. 

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