May 13, 2009
STILLWATER, Okla. - Seven members of the Oklahoma State women's track and field team and six members of the Oklahoma State men's track and field team were named to the 2009 academic all-Big 12 squad, it was announced today. Special mention went to Cowboy distance runner Tucker Weems, who was one of only 15 athletes from around the league to post a perfect grade-point average.
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 his/her 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. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
Notable members of the academic all-Big 12 team included Ryan Vail on the men's side and Baiba Blumbaha on the women's side. Vail is a three-time All-American who was an ESPN the Magazine first-team Academic All-American last year and is one of the top distance runners in the history of Cowboy track. He has earned a spot on the academic all-Big 12 track and field team four times. Blumbaha is a talented jumper who has earned a spot at the NCAA Regional Championships each of the last three years. She is now a three-time academic all-Big 12 honoree in track and field.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls compete at the Big 12 Championships in Lubbock this Friday through Sunday.
Oklahoma State Men's Honorees
Matt Barnes-Smith, Master's in Economics
Brian Gosnell, Biology-Pre-Medicine
Alejandro Ruiz, Spanish & International Business
Ryan Vail, Master's in International Studies
Tucker Weems, Accounting
Oklahoma State Women's Honorees
Brandi Andrews, Industrial Engineering Management
Baiba Blumbaha, International Business
Kaitlin Hamilton, Physical Education
Teran Mixon, Community Health Education
Mateja Posavec, Management
Tihana Sarac, International Business & Management
Julie Rader, Apparel, Design and Production