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20 Cyclones Earn Academic All-Big 12 Recognition

Release: 05/14/2014
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IRVING, Texas, - A total of 20 members of the Iowa State track and field teams were named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 team, league offices announced this morning. The Cyclones had 15 honorees from the men’s team and 15 from the women.

From the men’s team, seniors Mohamed Hrezi, Mark Johnson and Henry Kelley each earned all-academic first-team recognition. Hrezi, a senior in accounting, recently gave the commencement speech at the Iowa State College of Business ceremony. Hrezi (5,000m and 10,000m) and Kelley (hammer throw) both earned all-conference recognition at the Big 12 indoor championships.

Brandon Barnes and Ivan Tamba also earned all-academic second-team recognition.

11 Cyclone women earned first-team accolades, the third-most selections among women’s teams. Seniors Samantha Bluske and Bethany Olson led the way, as Maggie Gannon, Christina Hillman, Anna Holtermann, Jessica Nichols, Kayla Sanborn, Krista Shoeman and Bree Woelber received the honor to represent the junior class. Taylor McDowell and Maddie Nagle both made the team as redshirt freshman to round out the Cyclone first-team honorees.

Seven of the fifteen women’s selections earned All-Big 12 recognition at the indoor championships, including conference champions Samantha Bluske and Christina Hillman.

Dana Christensen, Kelly McCoy, Hannah Willms and Kaci Storm each earned second-team recognition.

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.

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