Three Jayhawks Named to 2010-11 CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams

June 2, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

The Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday that senior horizontal jumper Jareb Stallbaumer, junior distance runner Rebeka Stowe and sophomore thrower Heather Bergmann were selected to the Academic All-District Team. The distinction is given to those who excel in the classroom and in their respective events. Stallbaumer and Bergmann were first team selections, while Stowe was named to the second team.

060211aaa_464_4387904.jpegStallbaumer, a native of Wetmore, Kan., maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout his Kansas career. He has already obtained a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and is preparing to persue a master’s degree in the same field. Stallbaumer is a three-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 team and recently received the Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship from the conference, which is a grant for student-athletes who plan on obtaining a master’s degree after their athletic career is complete.

Stallbaumer also recently completed one of the most successful seasons of his career. He notched a runner-up finish at the Razorback Spring Invitational in the triple jump by hitting the 48-foot mark for the first time in his career. He finished 12th in the long jump at the Big 12 Championships and also took home a 13th-place finish in the triple jump.

060211aaa_464_4387788.jpegBergmann registered a 3.92 grade point average in her sophomore year as she pursues a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She is a two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 team and in addition to being a standout thrower for the Jayhawks.

Bergmann, who set KU’s javelin throw record at the Kansas Relays in April, will be throwing at the NCAA Championships after finishing fourth in the West Preliminary Meet last week. Bergmann will be looking to pick up All-American honors for the first time in her career as she heads to the national meet next week in Des Moines, Iowa.

Stowe, a native of Olathe, Kan., recently finished her third year of study in health and physical education while maintaining a 3.66 grade point average. The second 060211aaa_464_2491546.jpegteam All-District selection has twice been named to the Academic All-Big 12 team and was recently selected to USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country team for her work in the classroom in the fall of 2010.

Stowe has excelled on the track this season for the Jayhawks. In early May she smashed the school record in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase with her time of 9:53.12, which is also the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season. She qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event and will be aiming to earn All-America honors for the second time in her career next week.

CoSIDA Academic All-District nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and have competed in a standard proportion of their team’s meets.

In all, 12 Jayhawks, including Bergmann and Stowe, will travel to Des Moines for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 8-11. Log on to www.kuathletics.com to check on their progress throughout the week.