Thirteen Sooners Tabbed Academic All-Big 12

Andie Beene
By Andie Beene
Assistant Director of Communications

NORMAN — Thirteen members of the Oklahoma cross country teams were among the 166 student-athletes named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Team, the conference office announced Thursday.

On the women’s side, Alexandria Arndorfer (entrepreneurship and venture management), Grace Barber (geology), Sophia Fernald (English/law), Lauren Gibbs (history), Morgan Long (environmental sustainability), Hayley Redwine (accounting), Sarah Scott (criminology) and Belle Wallace (Arts and Sciences planned program) all earned first-team honors. Additionally, Fernald was recognized as one of 28 Big 12 student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA.

For the men, Liam Meirow (human resources management) and Heath Warren (political science) were named to the first team, while Zach Gentry (aerospace engineering), Chris Staub (management) and Brendan Taylor (finance) were placed on the second team.

A total of 99 women were named to the women’s teams, while 67 men were placed on the men’s teams.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher, either cumulatively 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 participation are also eligible.

The Sooners are back in action on Saturday at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa.