Tech Track and Field Earns 15 Selections on Academic All-Big 12 Teams
IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 announced Thursday the recognition of 155 student-athletes for Academic All-Big 12 teams. Texas Tech was represented 15 times – 12 on the women's side and three on the men's – the most since 2015. Tech had three achieve a perfect grade-point average: Bennett Barnett, Bret Leigh Nance and Natalie Parks.
"It's such a great example of the balance that they have in their lives, academics, athletics and being the best in everything they do," said head coach Jon Murray.
First Team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the Second Team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. All runners from Tech were listed on the First Team.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 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 percent of participation are also eligible.
Below is a list of the Red Raiders who were selected, along with their field of study. Those with an asterisk attached to their name achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Women – First Team (3.20+ GPA)
Seselia Dala, Sr., Human Sciences
Nokuthula Dlamini, R-Sr., Human Sciences
Kaitlyn Irving, So., Kinesiology
Binta Ka, So., Pre-Speech Language & Hearing Science
Arianna Lopez, Jr., Animal Science
Jazmyn Martinez, Jr., Criminology
Bret Leigh Nance*, Sr., Agriculture Communications
Natalie Parks*, Sr., Microbiology & Spanish
Sydney White, So., Business Administration
Kyra Young, So., Business Administration
Women – Second Team (3.00-3.19 GPA)
Natalie Gomez, So., Animal Science
Kate Halloran, Jr., Mass Communications (Master's)
Men – First Team (3.20+ GPA)
Bennett Barnett*, So., Business Administration
Luke Estes, So., Business Administration
Nathan Gift, Sr., Sociology