OU Places 23 on Academic All-Big 12

NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma Track and Field program placed 23 student-athletes on the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Team the conference announced Tuesday afternoon. Two of the student-athletes, Rob Sorrell (aviation) and Lindsay Pierson (health & exercise science) were named to the team with a 4.0 GPA.

For Sorrell and Amy Backel (civil engineering), the honor marked the third straight year to be named to the first team. Tuesday’s announcement was a repeat first team performance for Pierson, D’Andre Fisher (human relations), Jessica Engel (Pre-HSS) and Lauren Watson (pyschology). A full list of Oklahoma athletes on the team can be found below.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the men’s track & field academic all-league squad consisted of 124 first team members combined with 36 on the second team, while the women had 155 first team recipients and 29 student-athletes on the second team. 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.

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
Athlete                              Class             Major                                          Hometown

Eric Bailey                           Jr.                   Spanish                                       Portland, Ore.

Jacob Boone                      Jr.                   Multidisciplinary Studies              Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Tony Clement                     Sr.                  Multidisciplinary Studies              Windber, Pa.

D’Andre Fisher                   Jr.                   Human Relations                        Edmond, Okla.

Neelon Greenwood            Sr.                  Multidisciplinary Studies              Suisun, Calif.

Bill Kogel                             Fr.                  Undecided                                  Sioux Falls, S.D.

Holden Mitchell                   Fr.                  Geophysics                                 Bartlesville, Okla.

Marco Moon                       Sr.                  Sociology                                    San Francisco, Calif.

Rob Sorrell                         Jr.                   Aviation                                       Memphis, Tenn.

Chris Sweeney                   Jr.                   Marketing                                    Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Kevin Williams                     Fr.                  Finance                                       Denver, Colo.
Amy Backel                         Sr.                  Civil Engineering                         Dillsburg, Pa.

Natalie Crain                      So.                 Pre-HSS                                     Dallas, Texas

Jessica Engel                      So.                 Pre-HSS                                     Sturgis, S.D.

Molly Ferguson                   So.                 International Business                 Oklahoma City, Okla.

Katelyn Penner                   So.                 Sociology                                    Altamont, Kan.

Lindsay Pierson                  Jr.                   Health & Exercise Science          Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Karen Shump                     Fr.                  Special Education                       Media, Pa.

Lauren Watson                   Jr.                   Psychology                                  Skiatook, Okla.

Sherine Wells                     So.                 Elementary Education                 Toronto, Ontario

Second Team

Luke Bryant                        So.                 Communication                           Clearwater, Kan.

Will Claye                            So.                 MIS                                             Phoenix, Ariz.

Scott Cooper                      Jr.                   Finance                                       O’Fallon, Ill.

Updated 05-11-2010

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