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Seventeen Cyclones Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Release: 10/26/2011
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IRVING, Texas - Seventeen Iowa State cross country student-athletes were named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 team, the league announced Wednesday. Ten Cyclone women earned the honor, while seven Iowa State men earned spots on the All-Academic team. A total of 134 cross country student-athletes across the conference were named to this year's All-Academic team.

Maddy Becker, Morgan Casey, Maggie Gannon, Katy Moen, Meaghan Nelson, Beth Olson, Taylor Petersen and Dani Stack were the Cyclones on the women's first-team, comprised of 58 cross country student-athletes. Betsy Saina and Kersten Thorgaard were the Cyclones on the 14-athlete women's second-team.

Martin Coolidge, Kyle Donnelly, Tyler Jermann, Charlie Paul, Nick Schulze and Abdou Seye were the Iowa State men who earned spots on the first-team, which totaled 47 Big 12 student-athletes. Alex Dillenbeck was named to the second-team and was one of 15 student-athletes to earn that honor. This is the second time Paul, Nelson and Stack have earned the honors for cross country. All three were named to the cross country Academic All-Big 12 team in 2009.

First team members consist of those who have maintained at least a 3.20 grade point average while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.00 GPA 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 of the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

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