Kansas lands 13 runners on Academic All-Big 12 teams
IRVING, Texas – Thirteen Kansas cross country runners earned 2017 Academic All-Big 12 honors, announced by the conference on Thursday. Highlighting the Jayhawk honors were 12 first team selections, including redshirt freshman George Letner, senior Hannah Dimmick, redshirt freshman Lisa Lauschke and junior Alaina Schroeder, who each earned perfect 4.0 GPAs.
A total of seven Kansas women were honored in a list of 99 total student-athletes, all of which made the first team. Dimmick (Exercise Science MSE) made the All-Academic team for the fourth time in her career, while sophomore Riley Cooney (Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology), Schroeder (Exercise Science) and sophomore Emmie Skopec (Exercise Science) each made the list for the second time.
Joining them on the first team for the first time were sophomore Lauren Harrell (Strategic Communications), Lauschke (Mathematics) and redshirt freshman Catherine Liggett (Human Biology).
Five Jayhawk men earned first team honors. Senior Carson Vickroy (Atmospheric Science – Meteorology) made the All-Academic squad for the third time in his career, while junior Jack McDonald and redshirt freshmen Bryce Hoppel (Mechanical Engineering), Letner (Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology/Psychology) and Marcus Quere (Finance) were recognized for their academic performance for the first time.
Rounding out the honorees was junior Michael Melgares (Marketing), who earned second team honors for the second time in his career.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. 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.
The Jayhawks will be competing on Friday, November 10 at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa, where they will be aiming to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 18.