15 Kansas Cross Country Runners Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Oct. 25, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Fifteen Jayhawks have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country Teams, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon. The 15 KU runners named to the All-Big 12 teams are the most honorees Kansas has seen in the league’s history.

Six KU women’s runners were honored, all of them making the first team. The list includes seniors Rebeka Stowe and Cori Christensen and juniors Tessa Turcotte, Allie Marquis, Kathleen Thompson and Devin Wiegers. The six Jayhawk women were among 69 first-team selections and 85 overall.

Stowe, a health and physical education major from Olathe Kan., made the first team for the third time in three years, making it a clean sweep for her career.

Turcotte, a speech and language pathology major from Albuqurque, N.M., and Allie Marquis, a psychology major from Prairie Village, Kan., each earned first-team honors for the second-consecutive year.

Christensen (pre-dentistry), Thompson (civil engineering) and Wiegers (business) were all honored for the first time.

Senior Austin Bussing, juniors Josh Baden, Sean Proehl and Zach Zarda, as well as sophomores Jose Muñoz and Josh Munsch were Kansas’ men’s first-team honorees. Earning spots on the second-team were junior Ben Wilson and redshirt freshmen Conner Day and Josh Harsin. The nine KU men were among 55 first-team selections and 17 members of the second-team, 72 overall.

Bussing, a political science major from Houston, Texas, Baden; a math major from Colby, Kan., and Zarda, a finance major from Shawnee, Kan., each brought home first-team honors for the third time in their careers.

Muñoz (sport management), Munsch (design/visual communications), Proehl (business), Day (English), Harsin (political science) and Wilson (sport management) were each first-time honorees.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the men’s and women’s cross country academic all-league squads includes those who have maintained a 3.00 GPA (either cumulative or over each of the two previous semesters) and 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 members of the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Kansas heads to the Big 12 Cross Country Championships in College Station, Texas on Saturday. The event will begin with the men’s 8K race at 10 a.m. CST, followed by the women’s 6K run at 11 a.m.