The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 2020 cross country individual and team academic awards Thursday, with both of the Kansas men’s and women’s teams earning All-Academic team honors and Ben Butler earning All-Academic individual honors.
Kansas cross country senior Ben Butler is set to make his debut at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships, which take place on Monday, March 15 at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Kansas cross country senior Ben Butler was one of 38 individuals selected to compete at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced on Sunday.
The Big 12 conference announced the recipients of the 2021 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award – the conference’s highest academic honor – on Wednesday. In total, 121 student-athletes were recognized. Kansas led the Big 12 with 18 honorees.
The Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams will resume its cross country seasons, when they compete at the Florida State Winter Cross Country Classic at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday.
Kansas Athletics’ student-athletes thrived in the classroom during the 2020 fall semester, boasting a fall-semester record 3.31 department grade-point average. Additionally, 15 of the teams recorded a GPA of 3.00 or higher, nearly matching the Jayhawks’ 3.00 GPA achieved by every team during the 2020 spring semester.
Kansas men's and women's cross country had 19 student-athletes selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Teams announced by the league office Wednesday. The Jayhawk men had the most amongst the conference with 12 honorees.
The sports of track & field and cross country are two team sports that require athletes to work together to reach a common goal to succeed. For Kansas’ Lisa Lauschke, she has experienced that teamwork as a student-athlete at the University of Kansas and is looking to translate it to the classroom as a teacher, coach and administrator.