Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
Ayabei and Nail Earn Summit League Academic All-League Honors
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:10/31/2012
(Kansas City, Mo.) - Wednesday afternoon, The Summit League announced its Cross Country Academic All-League Teams, as two student-athletes from Kansas City, senior Cosmas Ayabei and sophomore Alex Nail, led the way for the Kangaroos.

Ayabei, a nursing major with a 3.59 GPA, was an all-league first team selection for the fourth consecutive season after a fourth-place (25:25.2) finish at the league championships this past weekend.  Also in 2012, the Kenya native was named Athlete of the Week twice

Meanwhile, Nail, holds a perfect 4.00 GPA while majoring in biology and recorded a season-best 8K time of 26:34 at the league championships.

With Ayabei and Nail earning this award, they tied IUPUI and Western Illinois for a league-best two selections on the men's side.

Coming up, the Blue & Gold will take part in the NCAA Midwest Regional competition on Friday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m. in Springfield, Mo., hosted by Missouri State.

*Note: Below are the full 2012 Summit League Cross Country Academic All-League Teams.

Men's Team

Cosmas Ayabei, Kansas City

Andrew Hood, Western Illinois

Brett Kelly, North Dakota State

Drew Kraft, South Dakota State

Chase Marlow, Western Illinois

Jeff Mettler, South Dakota

Alex Nail, Kansas City

J.D. Smith, IUPUI

Austin Young, IUPUI

Women's Team

Abbi Aspengren, North Dakota State

Rebecca Downs, IUPUI

Mackenzie Gray, Western Illinois

Brittni Hutton, Oakland

Chelsea Lynes, Western Illinois

Alycia Thurston, Western Illinois

Kaci Verkamp, IUPUI

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