Aug. 3, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – Seven University of Oklahoma men’s track and field student-athletes were named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team the organization announced today. George Alex, Eric Bailey, Scott Cooper, Bill Kogel, Rob Sorrell, Chris Sweeney and Kevin Williams were all named to the team after top performances on and off the track throughout the 2011 season.
Six of the men earned Academic All-Big 12 honors earlier this season, while Bailey and Sorrell were recognized on the Capital One Academic All-District® Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country first team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Cooper was honored as a second team selection.
Alex earned second team All-America honors in the 5,000-meter run and was an All-Big 12 honoree in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs. He also earned All-Big 12 indoor accolades in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter run.
Bailey, a top 10 finalist for the John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship, was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country second team as selected by CoSIDA. He also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Bailey closed out his collegiate career with four All-Big 12 honors in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay (outdoor) and 600-yard run and 4x400-meter relay (indoor).
Cooper earned all-Big 12 indoor honors in the 800-meter run as a senior. Kogel and Williams were indoor all-conference selections in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs and earned All-Big 12 outdoor honors in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs. Sorrell was an All-Big 12 honoree in the outdoor 1,500-meter run and Sweeney earned all-conference recognition in the outdoor 800-meter run and indoor distance medley relay.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
The Big 12 Conference led all leagues with 45 earning All-Academic honors.