May 14, 2014
IRVING, Texas - The Baylor track and field team had 27 student-athletes on the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 team, the league office announced on Wednesday.
The Baylor women's team placed 17 members onto the first team, which was the second-largest contingent in the Big 12, while two others made the second team.
On the men's side, Greg Bostick was one of six athletes across the Big 12 to be nominated with a 4.0 GPA. In total, the BU men had five first-teamers and three second-team honorees.
BU also had seven athletes returning for a second time to the first team, including Lauren Cook, Jennifer Gueldner, Calesia Henson, Rachel Johnson, Tiffani McReynolds, Michelle Ratliff, Lauren Rover and Raena Rhone.
On the men's side, Bostick was joined by Hayden Loudenslager, Blake Mayberry, Chris McElroy and Jonathan Tijerina. Loudenslager logged his third honor, while Bostick, Mayberry and Tijerina garnered their second accolade. McElroy was recognized for the first time.
Overall, the Big 12 Conference named 190 student-athletes to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Teams. A total of 113 individuals were recognized on the women's team (97 first team, 16 second team), while the men's team featured 77 student-athletes (53 first team, 24 second team).
Besides Bostick, Kellum Schneider (Kansas), Sarah Kolmer (Kansas State), Brittney Reid and Caitlin Way (Oklahoma State), and Kimberly Mulvin (West Virginia) were nominated with 4.00 grade point averages.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the track and field academic all-league squad consisted of 150 first-team members combined with 40 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.
The Baylor track and field team will compete this weekend at the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Lubbock, Texas, Friday through Sunday.
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