Fifty-Three Tigers Named Academic All-Big 12 Track & Field

Phillip King

May 9, 2012

Columbia, MO - Fifty-three University of Missouri Track & Field student-athletes were named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Track & Field team the conference office announced this week. The Tigers led the conference in both women and men named to the teams as 26 women and 27 men were selected. Missouri had 45 first team selections and 8 on the second team. The 53 selections are the most the Missouri Track & Field program has ever had.

Of the first team selections, Missouri also led the conference with the most men earning a 4.0 GPA. Seniors Kellyn Fogarty (Marshalltown IA), Phillip King (Columbia, MO), Matt Willingham (Cape Girardeau, MO), along with freshman Merid Seleshi (Ontario, Canada) earned the honor. In all, only 7 men student-athletes participating in track & field had 4.0 GPAs.

A total of 156 female student-athletes were honored, including 140 first team members and 16 second team honorees. On the men's side, 116 earned honors, with 86 first team and 30 second team selections. Combined, the two teams had 226 first team selections and 46 second team members.

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.

2012 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Track & Field First Team
Bailey Belvis (Prosper, TX) - Jr., Computer Sciences
Aimee Bonte (Fenton, MO) - Sr., Accounting
Chelsea Chrisman (Eureka, MO) - So., Strategic Communications
Melissa Coil (Clark, MO) - Sr., Communication
Emilee Dailey (Joplin, MO) - So., Biological Sciences
Cortni Ervin (Marshall, MO) - Jr., Secondary Mathematics Education
Katie Evans (Powersville, MO) - So., Secondary Social Studies Education
Kinsey Farren (Dallas, TX) - Sr., Nutrition and Fitness
Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, MO) - Sr., Biology and Economics
Lauren Flaker (Columbia, MO) - So., Journalism
Cara Forte (Kansas City, MO) - So., Business
Sierra Gant (Wichita, KS) - Sr., Health Sciences
Heather Green (Jefferson City, MO) - Jr., Nutrition and Fitness
Laura Greenfield (Liberty, MO) - Jr., Accounting
Camille Hayes (Indianapolis, IN) - So., Journalism
Layne Moore - Interdisciplinary Studies
Amanda Peiffer (Jackson, MO) - Sr., Nutritional Sciences
Bethany Pfeiffer (Boonville, MO) - So., Psychology and Math
Alison Ross (St. Louis, MO) - So., Engineering
Laura Roxberg (Overland Park, KS) - Jr., Secondary Mathematics Education
Jill Rushin (Jackson, MO) - Fr., Health Professions
Kelcy Vanarsdall (Buckner, MO) - Jr., Education
Landon Wachter (Jackson, MO) - So., Health Science
Morgan Whitson (Moberly, MO) - So., Biological Sciences

2012 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Track & Field First Team
Phil Bascio (Florissant, MO) - Jr., Chemical Engineering
Ryan Blackwell (Fenton, MO) - Sr., Business
Tyler Compton (Buffalo, MO) - So., Nutrition and Fitness
Tyrell Everett (Wichita, KS) - Jr., Accounting
Kellyn Fogarty (Marshalltown, IA) - Sr., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Nic Ford (Centralia, MO) - So., Art
Jon Hughes (Center, MO) - So., Nutrition and Fitness
Phillip King (Columbia, MO) - Sr., Public Health
Jeremy Lampley (Ballwin, MO) - So., Sport Venue Management
Alex McDonald (Wentzville, MO) - So., Biological Sciences
Kevin McKee (Kansas City, MO) - Jr., Mechanical Engineering
Brooks Mosier (Lee's Summit, MO) - Jr., Business
Tim Opfer (Higginsville, MO) - Sr., Political Science
Dan Quigley (St. Louis, MO) - Sr., Mechanical Engineering
Kyle Rood (St. Peters, MO) - Sr., Biological Engineering
Merid Seleshi (Ontario, Canada) - Fr., Business
Max Storms (Kansas City, MO) - Jr., Civil Engineering
Kyle Wessel (Hannibal, MO) - So., Engineering
Ricky West (Ontario, Canada) - Sr., Business
Matt Willingham (Cape Girardeau, MO) - Sr., Health Education and Promotion
Asa Wyatt (Poplar Bluff, MO) - Sr., Biological Engineering

2012 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Track & Field Second Team
Erika Miller (Mexico, MO) - So., Secondary Mathematics Education
Stacy Swineburg (Camdenton, MO) - So., International Studies

2012 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Track & Field Second Team
Patrick Fitzgerald (Eagleville, MO) - Sr., Agriculture Systems Management
Tim Gilman (St. Louis, MO) - So., Computer Sciences
Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, IA) - Sr., Communication
Justin McCarthy (Burlington, IA) - So., Business
Michael Pandolfo (Lone Tree, CO) - Sr., Business Administration
Matt Pickerel (Columbia, MO) - Sr., Strategic Communications



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