March 19, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Ross Kivett of the K-State baseball team was selected as one of 30 candidates nationwide for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Kivett, senior infielder and outfielder for the Wildcats, has played in 189 career games for K-State, including 171 consecutive starts. He is among K-State’s top-10 on career lists for games played, games started, hits, singles, triples, stolen bases, sacrifice hits and hit by pitch.
Last season, the All-American and 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year helped the Wildcats win their first conference title in 80 years, host and win their first NCAA Regional and earn the program’s first berth in the NCAA Super Regional round. Kivett, a native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, was selected by his hometown team, the Cleveland Indians, in the 10th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, but he elected to return to school for his senior year.
Majoring in Communication Studies, Kivett has a cumulative 3.343 grade point average, including a 4.0 grade point average in the 2013 fall semester. Over the last four years, he has worked with several student-athlete community service initiatives such as Cats for Cans, Cats in the Classroom, and Tip-off for TP.
Kivett is joined by Mark Payton of Texas and Jordan Piche of Kansas as the three Big 12 student-athletes among the list of 30 candidates.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 College World Series® in June.
In 2008, Brett Scott was named a finalist for the award, becoming the only K-State Baseball student-athlete to be selected as one of the final candidates for the prestigious honor.