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Track & Field Leads Big 12 with 41 on Academic All-Big 12 Teams

Lizzy Whitney

May 2, 2013

Complete Big 12 Release

IRVING, Texas - Baylor's track and field teams combined to tie a school-record and lead the conference with 41 total members on the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Teams, league officials announced on Thursday.

Baylor also led the league with a total of 27 women recognized, including 20 on the first-team and seven second-team honorees. On the men's side 14 student-athletes earned the honor with 12 first-teamers and two second-teamers. BU's total of 41 honorees equals the program-record established last season. That mark shattered the previous program best of 22. Baylor has equaled or tied a new mark for the third consecutive year and the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

The women's squad was highlighted by three-time first-teamers Jessica Gabler and Lizzy Whitney. BU also had eight athletes returning for a second time to the first team, including Justine Charbonnet, Christina Holland, Mariah Kelly, Alyssa Nichols, Michelle Nwachukwu, Brittany OgunMokun, Jessica Shadley, and Taylor Torres.

First-time honorees named to the women's first team included Lynette Atkinson, Lauren Cook, Jennifer Gueldner, Jenna Henrich, Calesia Henson, Rachel Johnson, Georgia Mullins, Michelle Ratliff, Raena Rhone and Brianna Schrader,

On the men's side, Greg Bostick and Blake Niccum were the only two male student-athletes in the Big 12 to boast 4.0 GPAs, while Bostick was honored for the first time and Niccum received his second honor.

Ben Allen was recognized on the first team for the third time, while Eric Bostick, Taylor Jackson, Hayden Loudenslager and Jonathan Tijerina each posted their second honor.

First-time first-team honorees for the men included Justin Allen, Richard Hansen, Blake Mayberry, Justin Schappell and Tyler Stewart.

Jasmine Adekoya, Courtney Cox, Ashley Fields, Kim Parr, Lauren Rover, Ivorie Walker and Skylar White were all honored on the second team, while Brad Miles and Drew Seale were the men's representation on the second team.

Overall, the Big 12 Conference named 214 student-athletes to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Teams. A total of 136 individuals were recognized on the women's team (106 first team, 30 second team), while the men's team featured 78 student-athletes (59 first team, 19 second team). For the women, 10 individuals represented with a perfect GPA: Annelle Meals (Kansas State), Jacy Bennett (Oklahoma), Brooke Gritters, Clara Telford, Caitlin Way and Kendra Woodson (Oklahoma State), Tiffany Tarver and Caitlin Waters (Texas Tech), and Aubrey Moskal and Kelly Williams (West Virginia).

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the track and field academic all-league squad consisted of 226 first-team members combined with 46 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative over the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 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.



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