Big 12 Names 15 KU Runners to All-Academic Lists
IRVING, Texas – A league-leading 15 members of the Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams received Academic All-Big 12 recognition, announced Tuesday by the league office. Headlining the group were sophomores Chris Melgares and Hannah Dimmick who each earned a spot on the first team with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
A total of eight KU women were honored on the list of 65 total student-athletes, all of which made the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Senior Julia Dury (civil engineering) made the prestigious list for the third year in a row, while juniors Nashia Baker (journalism), Malika Baker (international studies), Courtney Coppinger (biology) and sophomore Grace Morgan (biology, history) were also listed on the first team for the second time.
Dimmick (exercise science) claimed a spot on the first team after she was one of 13 female runners in the conference to post a perfect 4.0 GPA for the second-consecutive season.
Joining them on the first team for the first time were junior Jennifer Angles (journalism) and sophomore Alaina Schroeder (exercise science).
The Jayhawk men featured five first-team selections. Junior James Hampton (business administration) earned a spot on the list for the second-straight year. He was joined by senior Evan Landes (exercise science), who also was named to the first team list for the second time in his career.
Senior Jacob Morgan (sport management) and sophomores Carson Vickroy (meteorology) and Melgares (exercise science) all earned a first team nod for the first time.
Rounding out the honorees were senior Brandon Bernal (psychology) and sophomore Ben Burchstead (marketing). The two Jayhawks were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team for the first time.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the men’s and women’s cross country academic all-league squads include 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.
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