Lauren Bonds Earns Academic All-America Honors

June 24, 2010


Kansas senior middle-distance runner Lauren Bonds was named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Women’s Track and Field Second Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bonds registered a 3.93 grade point average during her four years at KU as she recently graduated with a degree in political science and history. She was named the 2010 Robert Frederick Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award at the Jayhawk Senior and Scholar Athlete Banquet and was one of 10 KU athletes to earn the Senior Athlete of the Year honor. Bonds is a three-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and was named a Prentice Gautt Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship Award earlier this spring.

Bonds, who set the school record in the 1,500 meters at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships, took home All-America honors by taking seventh place in the 1,500 meters. She also earned indoor All-America honors as part of the distance medley relay at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. In addition, Bonds was the 2010 Big 12 Champion in the 1,500 meters.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Bonds is currently in Des Moines, Iowa, competing the 1,500 meters at the 2010 USA Outdoor National Championships.