Forty-Four Boilermakers Garner Fall Academic All-Big Ten Honors

Dec. 2, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Forty-four Purdue student-athletes spanning five sports were honored with Academic All-Big Ten accolades, the conference announced on Thursday.

The football team led the way with 16 honorees, while the soccer team added nine more. Seven women's cross country runners, six men's cross country runners and six volleyball player rounded out the group.

Junior cross country runners Kara Conflenti and Alice Feslier Holmes were two of four student-athletes singled out by the conference for boasting a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.

Senior tight end Kyle Adams and junior linebacker Joe Holland received first and second team Academic All-America honors, respectively, and CoSIDA All-District V accolades earlier this year. Adams is the first Boilermaker football player to earn first team Academic All-America honors since 2003. Big Ten Defensive Player and Lineman of the Year Ryan Kerrigan earned conference academic honors for a third straight season.

Kristen Arthurs, a middle blocker, was recently named the first three-time first team Academic All-District V player in the volleyball program's history.

The soccer program's senior goalkeeper Carianne Betts was recognized for academics by the Big Ten for a fourth consecutive season, while classmate Liz Secue was feted for a third straight year.

Academic All-District awards for cross country are not awarded until spring.

The Big Ten recognized a total of 706 fall sports athletes for their work in the classroom. The student-athletes met the criteria of being at least a second-year student and carrying a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Purdue's Fall Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Men's Cross Country
Cale Allen, Jr.
Ladd Mercer, Jr.
Simon Rogers, So.
Stephen Schulz, So.
Caden Shields, Sr.
Steven Stoot, So.

Women's Cross Country
Stephanie Bonk, Jr.
Camille Buscomb, So.
Kara Conflenti, Jr.
Katie Conrad, Jr.
Alice Feslier Holmes, Jr.
Nan Hammel, Sr.
Kelly McCurdy, So.

Kyle Adams, Sr.
Adam Brockman, Jr.
Chris Carlino, Jr.
Dan Dierking, Sr.
Trevor Foy, So.
Antwon Higgs, So.
Joe Holland, Jr.
Josh Johnson, So.
Ryan Kerrigan, Sr.
Kurt Lichtenberg, Jr.
Robert Maci, So.
Robert Marve, Jr.
Keith Smith, Sr.
Kris Staats, Sr.
Jason Werner, Gr.
Crosby Wright, So.

Women's Soccer
Carianne Betts, Sr.
Tayler Francel, So.
Alex Jenkins, So.
Katie Leinert, Jr.
Marta Lynch, So.
Brookley Rogers, Jr.
Liz Secue, Sr.
Alexis Tryba, Jr.
Lauren Varnau, Jr.

Kristen Arthurs, Sr.
Carly Cramer, So.
Rachel Davis, So.
Courtney Gosewisch, So.
Katie Griffin, So.
Ariel Turner, So.


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