May 10, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Big 12 Conference announced its annual Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field teams on Tuesday (May 10) and 27 members of the Mizzou track and field team were recognized for their academic achievements, which continues to be one of the trademarks of the Tiger program. In all, the 27 student-athletes are the most for a Tiger track and field team since 2009 when 29 were honored.
Earning first team honors for the Tiger men were Kellyn Fogarty, Matt Pickerel, Alex McDonald, Kevin McKee, Brooks Mosier, Tim Opfer, Max Storms, Kyle Rood and Asa Wyatt while Jacob Bullinger and Tyler Compton landed on the second team. On the women's side, Bailey Belvis, Cortni Ervin, Leslie Farmer, Sierra Gant, Abbie Garlich, Heather Green, Laura Greenfield, Shawnte' Middlebrook, Laura Roxberg, Holly Stewart, Kelcy Vanarsdall and Katie Vanarsdall all landed on the first time while Melissa Coil, Kinsey Farren and Stacy Swineburg all took home second team honors.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the track and field academic all-league squad consisted of 267 first team members combined with 48 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 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.
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