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.
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
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