12 Jayhawks Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Oct. 24, 2007

Complete List of 2007 All-Big 12 Academic Teams
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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Irving, Texas – As announced by the Big 12 Conference, 12 Jayhawk cross country runners were named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams on Tuesday. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Seniors Paul Hefferon (Marketing) and Lisa Morrisey (Communications), juniors Alex Rock (Secondary Chemistry Education) and Megan James (Exercise Science), and sophomores Dan Van Orsdel (Business), Lauren Bonds (Political Science), Claire Hall (Exercise Science) and Sarah Nackley (Health, Sport and Exercise Science) were All-Big 12 First Team selections.

Seniors Hayley Harbert (Secondary English Education) and Colby Wissel (Accounting/History) joined junior Levi Huseman (Secondary Education/Science) and sophomore Kaitlyn Coen (Accounting/Finance) on the All-Big 12 Second team.

It is the second such honor for Hefferon (2005), Wissel (2006) and James (2006). Hefferon, a marketing major from Overland Park, Kan., has finished second on the team in each of the three races he has competed in this season. Wissel, the defending Big 12 Champion, is an accounting major from Kearney, Neb. He has already won two individual titles this season. James, a Kansas City, Mo., native and exercise science major has now made the All-Big 12 first team in each of the last two seasons.

To qualify for All-Big 12 Academic teams, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his/her team’s scheduled contests. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Kansas competes at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships on Friday, October 26 at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Texas. The meet will begin with the men’s 8,000-meter race at 10 a.m. central standard time, followed by the women’s 6,000-meter run at 11 a.m.