KU Cross Country Earns All-Academic Honors
NEW ORLEANS – The University of Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams earned All-Academic Team honors for the 2015 season, it was announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). KU seniors Evan Landes and Jacob Morgan also claimed Individual All-Academic honors. It marked the second year Morgan earned a spot on the list and the first time Landes was selected.
To be eligible for the award, a team must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and must have had at least five runners compete at the NCAA regional championship meet in November. KU was one of five teams in the Big 12 Conference to see both its men’s and women’s teams earn the distinction. The Jayhawk men amassed a GPA of 3.08, while the women ended the fall semester with a 3.29 cumulative GPA.
The KU men were led by the senior duo in 2015, who not only excelled on the cross country trails, but in the classroom during their final seasons Jayhawks. Landes and Morgan were KU’s top-two finishers in four meets on the year, while both earning All-Big 12 and All-Region honors. Landes, a native of Mulvane, Kansas earned a spot to his first NCAA Championships meet after earning an at-large bid by way of his ninth-place finish at the Midwest Regional. At the national meet Landes went on to finish 136th with a 10K time of 31:17.7.
Morgan earned the All-Academic distinction for the second-straight season. The Topeka product ended his KU career as a two-time All-Big 12 and All-Region honoree over the last two seasons.
The Jayhawk women earned All-Academic team status after the squad combined for a 3.29 GPA in the fall. The team garnered the honor for the seventh-straight season, while the KU men earned the distinction for the sixth-consecutive year.
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