Oklahoma State University

 

Awards and Achievements

Recent Award Winners:

- Oklahoma State track and field standout Caitlin Way has been selected as one of two Big 12 nominees for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. Way was a four-year letterwinner on the Oklahoma State indoor and outdoor track & field teams as a competitor in the weight throw and hammer throw. She was named All-Big 12 twice in each event. She also excelled in the classroom as a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and two-time honoree on the USTFCCA All-Academic Team. The physiology major graduated with a 4.00 grade point average and was named a 2014 Oklahoma State University Outstanding Senior as one of the top 0.5 percent of seniors at the institution. Way served as both vice-president and then president of FCA. She was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Pre-Optometry Student Association. A native of Mitchell, S.D., Way also participated in many other community service activities, including work with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Harvest II Food Drive, The #14 Foundation, Riverside Indian School and the Cowboy Jamboree. The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 19.

- Oklahoma State's Nick Miller and Caitlin Way were each honored for their work in the classroom Thursday as they received first-team honors on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team. It marked the second-straight year Way has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-American Team, as she was a third-team selection in 2013. Way, a two-time All-Big 12 performer in the weight throw and three-time All-Big 12 performer in the hammer throw, has received numerous academic accolades, including being name to the First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Team in four-straight years. It is Miller's first time to receive Capital One Academic All-American honors. He was a first-team selection on the 2013 and 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Teams and is a five-time All-American, including twice in the weight throw and three times in the hammer throw.

- Oklahoma State junior Gage Green has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 First Team, it was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America. An outfielder/catcher for the Cowboys, Green carries a 3.44 grade point average in Human Performance-Exercise and Health and is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team performer. On the field, Green is second on OSU with a .302 batting average and a .415 on-base percentage. The Wichita Falls, Texas native is also tied for sixth in the Big 12 with 13 stolen bases, which equals his career high of a year ago. The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Teams are selected by members of CoSIDA and recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada

- Three Cowboys were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team, it was announced by the league office. Senior Mason Cox and sophomore Christien Sager were named to the first team, while sophomore Michael Cobbins was honored on the second team. Sager, a mechanical engineering major from Wichita Falls, Texas, received special recognition for his perfect 4.00 grade point average. Cox, is a mechanical engineering major from Highland Village, Texas, and Cobbins is a university studies major from Amarillo, Texas.

- Markel Brown, a senior on the Oklahoma State men's basketball team, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Academic Momentum Award, presented annually by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), it was announced today. Brown was one of 10 student-athletes named a first-team selection, joining others across all sports at the Division I level. Majoring in education at Oklahoma State, Brown will graduate in May.Top nominations were categorized into three teams based on each student-athlete's academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete's academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors and professors. A total of 10 male and female award recipients from NCAS partner schools were selected for the Academic Momentum Award First Team, and 15 recipients were chosen for the Second and Third Teams. The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is “to create a better society by focusing on education attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change.”

- Erin Willoughby, a sophomore on the Oklahoma State equestrian team, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Academic Momentum Award, presented annually by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), it was announced today. Willoughby was one of 15 student-athletes named a second-team selection. Top nominations were categorized into three teams based on each student-athlete's academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete's academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors and professors. A total of 10 male and female award recipients from NCAS partner schools were selected for the Academic Momentum Award First Team, and 15 recipients were chosen for the Second and Third Teams.

- 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.


2014 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