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Twenty-six Sooners Named Academic All-Big 12
May 08, 2012

May 8, 2012

NORMAN, Okla. – Twenty-six University of Oklahoma track and field student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 team the conference office announced today. OU had six student-athletes recognized with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The Sooners had 19 first team selections and seven on the second team.

Seniors Jeremy Sudbury (multidisciplinary studies), Brittany Borman (health and exercise science) and Jessica Engel (health and exercise science), juniors Jacy Bennett (supply chain management) and Kristen Rice (environmental engineering) and redshirt freshman Hilary Krein (finance) were all honored with 4.0 GPAs. Sudbury was one of seven men with a 4.0, while OU had five of the 12 honorees on the women’s side.

Engel is a four-time honoree and joins Bennett (2011, 2012), Borman (2011, 2012), Luke Bryant (2010, 2011, 2012), Natalie Crain (2010, 2011, 2012), Molly Ferguson (2010, 2011, 2012), Claire McConnell (2011, 2012), Rice (2011, 2012), Kelly Waters (2009, 2012), Sherine Wells (2010, 2011, 2012) and Nathaniel Winfrey (2011, 2012) as multi-year selections.

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.

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 First Team – Oklahoma
George Alex, Sr., Multidisciplinary Studies, Phoenix, Ariz.
Jacy Bennett, Jr., Supply Chain Management, Mesa, Ariz.
Brittany Borman, Sr., Health and Exercise Science, Festus, Mo.
Luke Bryant, Sr., Communication, Clearwater, Kan.
Shakeeri Cole, Sr., Sociology, Clarendon, Jamaica
Natalie Crain, Sr., Health and Exercise Science, Dallas, Texas
Jessica Engel, Sr., Health and Exercise Science, Sturgis, S.D.
Molly Ferguson, Jr., Human Resources Management, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lauren Guerrieri, Sr., Public Health, Davis, Calif.
Eric Harasyn, Sr., Multidisciplinary Studies, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Hilary Krein, RS Fr., Finance, Eureka, S.D.
Claire McConnell, Jr., International Business, Klein, Texas
Morgan Nichols, So., Aviation, Ennis, Texas
Kristen Rice, Jr., Environmental Engineering, Flower Mound, Texas
Shelleyeka Rolle, Sr., Sociology, Freeport, Bahamas
Jeremy Sudbury, Sr., Multidisciplinary Studies, Las Vegas, Nev.
Bailey Wagner, Sr., Multidisciplinary Studies, Lake Villa, Ill.
Sherine Wells, Sr., Elementary Education, Toronto, Ontario
Nathaniel Winfrey, So., Health and Exercise Science, Stillwater, Okla.

2012 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team – Oklahoma
Alexandra Acker, Sr., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, Erie, Pa.
Shawna Anderson, Sr., Human Relations, Clarendon, Jamaica
Frezer Legesse, Jr., Multidisciplinary Studies, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Alex Madkins, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, Midwest City, Okla.
Ashley Kowalewski, So., Health and Exercise Science, Argyle, Texas
Evan Pierson, Sr., Film and Video Studies, Olathe, Kan.
Kelly Waters, Sr., Chemical Engineering, Louisville, Colo.

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