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Cross Country Leads Big 12 With 21 On Academic Team

Jonathan Tijerina

Oct. 30, 2013

Complete Big 12 Release

IRVING, Texas - The Baylor cross country team was first among the Big 12's 10 institutions with 21 student-athletes earning a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 team, the league office announced on Wednesday.

The Bears had seven men and 14 women recognized overall, while six men and all 14 women were first-team honorees. BU tallied more overall and more first-team selections than any team in the league on both the men's and women's teams.

On the men's side, seniors Brad Miles and Jonathan Tijerina were recognized for a third time on the first team. Meanwhile, sophomores Matthew Cochran, John Hardy, Chris McElroy and Kyle Scanlan were recognized for the first time on the first team. Senior Jesse Brooks was listed as a second-team member in 2013, after earning first-team honors in 2012.

For the women, Sarah Guhl, Erin Hegarty, Jenna Henrich, Lauren Hierholzer, Rachel Johnson, Erika Overbeck, Bree Schrader, and Lauren Stevens were honored on the first team for a second straight year. Courtney Cox went from the second team to a first-team selection this year. Sophomores Annie Jaska, Gretta Smith, Angela Tharpe, Kimberly Walbeck and Catherine Zabilski were all recognized for the first time on the first team.

Six of those student-athletes, Cochran, McElroy, Hegarty, Schrader and Guhl, were among 10 runners across the conference that was nominated with a 4.0 grade point average.

Throughout the league, 37 men's student-athletes were honored, including 26 on the first team and 11 on the second team. Fifty-five of the 62 members on the women's side earned first team recognition, with seven individuals collecting second team designations.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or 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.

To stay current on all things Baylor cross country, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.



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