Feb. 17, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Following a successful 2010 campaign, the Kansas State men's and women's cross country teams were rewarded for their efforts in the classroom by being named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams.
The men's team was one of 152 Division I programs to receive this honor with a cumulative team GPA of 3.17. The team made great improvements and strides in the 2010 season. Their best performances came early in the season when they won their duals at the J.K Gold Classic and finished 5th at the Cowboy Jamboree. Jacob Davies, Kyle Hanson, Sam James, Mitch Loring, Jack Sachse and Lane Porter were all named to Academic All-Big 12 teams.
The women's team continued to add to their stellar season as they were one of 192 schools to earn the distinction with a team GPA of 3.52. Coming off a successful season where they finished 25th at the NCAA Championship and earned its highest finish ever at the Pre-Nationals Invitational (10th), the women's team has shown the hard work they put in the classroom.
In addition to Thursday's national honor, K-State's women's team received numerous academic awards for other organizations. Senior Sydney Messick was recently named an Academic All-American by USTFCCCA and fellow senior Alyssa Bellinder won the NCAA Elite 88 award at the NCAA cross country national championship banquet which is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA in their sport. Messick and Bellinder also join Laura Lee Baird, Boglarka Bozzay and Emille Morris on the Academic All-Big 12 team.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five regional meets at their respective NCAA regional championship.