Fourteen Cross Country Athletes Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Status
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 02/10/2012
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Fourteen Big 12 cross country student-athletes have earned 2011 Division I All-Academic status, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Five of the honorees pick up their second All-Academic award, while Oklahoma State's German Fernandez and Colby Lowe make the All-Academic list for the third year in a row.

On the men's side, eight league runners were recognized with Oklahoma leading the nation with four honorees. Oklahoma State follows with three apiece. George Alex, Bill Kogel, Jeremy Sudbury and Kevin Williams earned honors for the Sooners, while Fernandez, Shadrack Kiphchirchir and Lowe picked up accolades from Oklahoma State. Kevin Burnett has represented Texas A&M on the list for the past two years.

Six Big 12 women received All-Academic honors, with Iowa State garnering the most for Big 12 teams at three. Long distance runners Morgan Casey, Meaghan Nelson and Dani Stack represent the Cyclones, while Bailey Belvis (Missouri), Jessica Engel (Oklahoma) and Caroline Jepleting (Texas Tech) round out the league's honorees. It is the second-straight honor for Jepleting.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.

USTFCCCA 2011 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Honorees

Men Women
George Alex, Oklahoma* Morgan Casey, Iowa State
Bill Kogel, Oklahoma* Meaghan Nelson, Iowa State
Jeremy Sudbury, Oklahoma Dani Stack, Iowa State
Kevin Williams, Oklahoma* Bailey Belvis, Missouri
German Fernandez, Oklahoma State# Jessica Engel, Oklahoma
Shadrack Kipchirchir, Oklahoma State Caroline Jepleting, Texas Tech*
Colby Lowe, Oklahoma State#  
Kevin Burnett, Texas A&M*  

*Denotes second time earning All-Academic status
#Denotes third time earning All-Academic status

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