Irving – The Big 12 Conference announced its 2008 Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country team on Tuesday. Texas A&M had 10 runners named to the first team among the 126 student-athletes selected overall, including two Aggies who compiled a 4.0 grade point average over the past two semesters in Mitch Bible and Merideth Snow.
Bible is a mechanical engineering major from Albuquerque, New Mexico, while Snow is a nutritional sciences major from Eureka, Missouri. They were two of just eight Big 12 student-athletes to achieve the status of a 4.0 GPA.
Also receiving Academic All-Big 12 first team honors in cross country from the A&M squad were Kevin McNab (St. Louis, Missouri), Joseph Sauvageau (Katy, Texas), Logan Sherman (Dallas, Texas), Leigh Berger (Weimar, Texas), Kirsten Brown (Southlake, Texas), Emalie Fischer (Smith Station, Alabama), Kasey McNorton (Plano, Texas), and Elizabeth Slaughter (Willis, Texas).
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. This season there were 50 men and 60 women who attained first team status in the Big 12.
To qualify for the honor student-athletes must maintain the GPA cumulative or for the two previous semesters while participating in 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.
The Texas A&M cross country team will be competing in the Big 12 Championships this Saturday, Nov. 1, in Ames, Iowa. Held at the Iowa State Cross Country course, the women traverse a 6,000-meter course at 10 a.m. while the men will race over an 8,000-meter course at 11 a.m.
The Aggie men head into the meet nationally ranked No. 18, following third-ranked Oklahoma State and No. 17 Colorado. Other Big 12 schools ranked among the top 30 in the nation include No. 22 Iowa State and No. 30 Texas. Women’s conference teams nationally ranked include No. 12 Texas Tech, No. 17 Baylor, and No. 27 Nebraska.