Oklahoma State University

Awards and Achievements

Recent Award Winners:

- Oklahoma State senior linebacker Caleb Lavey earned second-team honors on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. Lavey, a Celina, Texas native, already holds a degree in Finance and is pursuing an MBA at Oklahoma State. He has also been honored for his work in the classroom as an Academic All-Big 12 team member this season, as well as the past two. Also an anchor for the Cowboys on the field, Lavey leads the Cowboys this year in total tackles with 82, solo tackles with 59 and tackles for a loss with 12. He ranks second on the team in interceptions with four and also has 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

- The 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Football Team was announced with 14 Oklahoma State Cowboys recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom. First team honorees included quarterback Clint Chelf, offensive lineman Parker Graham, cornerback Ashton Lampkin, linebacker Caleb Lavey, linebacker Shaun Lewis, receiver Charlie Moore, punter Michael Reichenstein and long-snapper Connor Sinko. Defensive end Trace Clark, linebacker Deion Imade, fullback Teddy Johnson, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, fullback Jeremy Seaton and long-snapper Andrew Suter were honored as members of the second team. A total of 138 student-athletes were honored on the team, including 83 first team selections and 55 second team selections.

- Oklahoma State named 47 students to the 2013 Seniors of Significance; of those, eight were current and former athletes. Current athletes named were Austin Bowles, Kristen Kelley, Hayden Vosburgh, and Caitlin Way. Former athletes also named to the list were Allison Burkhartt, Margaret Lees, Shannyn Rudawsky, and Leyla Simmons. The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have brought distinction to Oklahoma State University by excelling in scholarship and leadership and through their service to campus and the community.

- Oklahoma State had 10 players named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Conference soccer team, including nine who earned first-team status; it was announced by the league office today. Highlighting the list is senior Kristen Kelley, who earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors for the third time in her career. Joining Kelley on the first-team list are juniors Baillie Burmaster and George Christie and sophomores Kelsey Bass, Delaney Kiely, Haley Maurice, Madison Mercado, Lauren Reyes and Allie Stephenson. Christie is also a repeat performer as she was named to the first team a year ago. Also earning honors for the first time in her career was senior Bethany Fields, who was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team. The 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Soccer Teams consist of 91 student-athletes. First-team members are those who have maintained a 3.20 or better grade point average, while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

- Fourteen Oklahoma State cross country athletes have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country Team for their success in the classroom. OSU’s 14 total selections rank second in the conference. On the men’s side, five Cowboys were honored. Leading the way was Taylor Monaghan, who was named for the fourth-consecutive year. Joseph Manilafasha was named for the third time (2010, 2012), Shadrack Kipchirchir and Kevin Colόn were each named for the second time (2012). Neal Smith was honored for the first time. For the cowgirls, all nine athletes were first-team honorees. Kate Kujawa was named to the team for the fourth-straight year and Natalja Piliusina was honored for the third-straight year. Victoria Hanna and Monika Juodeskaite were both honored for the second-straight year. 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.

- The Oklahoma State men’s and women’s track and field teams have been named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams and combined to have 12 athletes earn All-Academic honors. As a team, the Cowgirls were named an All-Academic team for the 11th-straight year. The team’s collective 3.42 GPA tied a team record, and was the highest mark in the Big 12. Jackie Campos, Victoria Fratczak, Monika Juodeskaite, Kate Kujawa, Clara Nichols, Natalja Piliusina, Taylor Stolt, and Caitlin Way all earned individual All-Academic honors. The eight Cowgirls selected were the highest number in the Big 12, and the most in OSU history. On the men’s side, OSU was named an All-Academic Team for the 10th time in the last 11 years. The team GPA, 3.24, was also the highest in the Big 12. Four Cowboys, Taylor Buck, Fabian Clarkson, Brian Gohlke and Nick Miller, earned the award.

- The OSU wrestling team earned the No. 21 spot on the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Top 30 All-Academic teams for the 2012-13 season with a team GPA of 3.071. Grabbing individual academic honors were Cowboy wrestlers Chris Perry and Chris Chionuma, who were named to the Division I All-Academic Team. Perry and Chionuma are two of seven athletes representing the Big 12, and Perry is one of only four national champions to make the team. The Cowboys were the only Big 12 team to earn a spot in the Top 30, and this was the second-consecutive honor for the squad.

-Oklahoma State’s Caitlin Way has been named a Capital One Women’s Track and Field Third-Team Academic All-American. Way, a sophomore thrower from Mitchell, SD, was a key performer in the throwing events for OSU while maintaining excellence in the classroom. She carries a 4.0 GPA, majoring in physiology-premedicine/preprofessional. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a GPA of at least 3.30, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution.

- Oklahoma State had 44 student-athletes named to the inaugural Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, which honors new, first-time/incoming freshmen who have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The student-athletes also must have participated in at least one of their team’s scheduled contest and must have been a member of their respective team for their sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment. OSU, along with Baylor, led all league schools with four student-athletes nominated to the team with a 4.0 GPA and was one of five schools with at least 40 players on the team. Below is the list of OSU student-athletes who made the team (an asterisk denotes a player with a 4.0 GPA).
Baseball: Corey Hassel & Donnie Walton
Basketball: Phil Forte, Brittney Martin, Kamari Murphy & Ford Stuen
Cross Country: Paige Barnes, Savannah Camacho, Monica Lake, & Craig Nowak
Equestrian: Maggie Botkin, Emily Hartley, Olivia Hupy, Paris Nottingham, Jessica Paris, Justine Peters, Amy White, & Erin Willoughby
Football: Trace Clark, Ashton Lampkin & Austin Hays
Golf: Megan Blonien & Jordan Niebrugge
Soccer: Kelsey Bass, Caitlyn Biggers, River Crawford, Makenzie Kahan, Delaney Kiely, Heidi Greeson, Madison Mercado, Lauren Reyes, & Allie Stephenson
Softball: Erika Campbell, Shianne Hughes, & Tiffany Mikkelson
Tennis: Richard Del Nunzio
Track & Field: Natalie Baker, Kristina Fischer, Jordan Highsmith, Alex Johansson, Amanda Lark, Alex Monaghan, Clara Nichols, & Codi Wilson

- Oklahoma State’s Caitlin Way has been named a District 7 Capital One Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country First-Team Academic All-American. Way, a sophomore thrower from Mitchell, S.D., has not only had a great year in the weight and hammer throws, she’s been excellent in the classroom as well. Way carries a cumulative 4.0 GPA, majoring in physiology-premedicine/preprofessional. To qualify, an athlete had to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, and be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.

- Oklahoma State had eight players named to the 2013 Academic Al-Big 12 Conference Baseball Team, including a league-high seven first-team performers. Named to the first team for OSU were seniors Victor Romero and Trey Whaley, juniors Aaron Cornell and Mark Robinette, and sophomores Gage Green, Jason Hursh, and Jon Perrin. Senior Robbie Rea was named to the second team.

-Oklahoma State women’s tennis senior Malika Rose has received the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award for the Central region. The ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. This award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular, and tennis achievements.

- Four members of the Oklahoma State softball team were named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 team. Senior outfielder/designated player Samantha Chrisman, senior pitcher Kat Espinosa, junior pitcher Simone Freeman and sophomore shortstop Gessenia DeLaCruz were all named to the first team. Oklahoma State has had at least three players named Academic all-conference in each of the last five years and 22 of the last 26 seasons, dating back to the Big Eight Conference. Since the Big 12 formed in 1996, 47 different Cowgirls have been named Academic All-Big 12 a combined 65 times.

- Thirty members of OSU’s men’s and women’s track and field teams were named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field teams. OSU had the most men selected, with 17. The 30 total athletes selected ranked second in the conference. Brooke Gritters, Clara Telford, Caitlin Way and Kendra Woodson all qualified on the women’s side with a perfect 4.0 GPA. No other Big 12 women’s team had more than two do so. First team recipients for the men’s team included: Raul Botezan, Taylor Buck, Fabian Clarkson, Kevin Colon, Thomas Farrell, Brian Gohlke, Shadrack Kipchirchir, Nick Miller, David Osborn, Klaus Schmidt, Neal Smith, Zach Wills, and Austin Wright. Joining Gritters, Telford, Way, and Woodson on the women’s first team were Mihaela Bobos, Jackie Campos, Victoria Fratczak, Bailey Johnson, Kate Kujawa, Gloria Moseley, Natalja Piliusina, and Taylor Stolt. Second team recipients on the men’s side included Tommy Casey, Kirubel Erassa, Cody Kenny, and Taylor Monaghan, and Madison Allen was a second team recipient on the women’s side.

- Three members of OSU’s men’s tennis team were named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Tennis Team. Trevor Horstmann and Chris Haworth were named to the first team, while Rifat Biktyakov was named to the second team. Horstmann earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for the second consecutive year, and was one of only two Big 12 members to achieve the award.

- OSU women’s tennis senior C.C. Sardinha has been named to the 2013 first team Academic All-Big 12 tennis team, her second time to receive the honor. To qualify for the first team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.20 GPA or higher and have competed in 60% or more of their team’s scheduled contests.

2013 OSU Student-Athletes of the Year

Previous OSU Student-Athletes of the Year

OSU's Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars

OSU's CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

A Decade of Success in the Big 12: OSU 1996-2006