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Connor earns first-team Academic All-America honors


June 26, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. - After earning the Big Ten Medal of Honor earlier this month, Wisconsin men's track standout Reed Connor added another accolade to his collection on Thursday, as the senior was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America First Team.

It marks the sixth-straight season that a UW men's track athlete has earned Academic All-America laurels, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Elliot Krause was honored by the organization in 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Jack Bolas earned recognition in 2009 and 2010. Connor is the fourth Badger to earn first-team Academic All-America laurels, joining Krause, Bolas and Nate Brown. 

In addition, Connor is also the third Wisconsin athlete earn first-team honors this season, as Nick Caldwell of men's swimming and diving and Kimberly Dinh of women's golf were honored earlier this year by CoSIDA.

"Reed is a class act who did a great job balancing his academics and athletics," Wisconsin director of track and field and cross country Mick Byrne said. "He epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete and has a very good perspective on life. I have no doubt Reed will be successful at whatever endeavor he chooses."

During his Wisconsin career, Connor helped the Badgers win four Big Ten cross country crowns and the 2011 NCAA cross country championship. On the track, Connor played a big role in three of the Badgers' Big Ten titles, including both conference championships this season.

At the indoor conference meet, Connor won the 3000 meters and finished runner-up in the 5000 meters as UW captured its second-straight Big Ten indoor title. For his efforts, Connor was named the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.

At the Big Ten outdoor meet, Connor won the 10,000 meters and again was runner-up in the 5000 meters, propelling Wisconsin to its first sweep of the conference track championships since 2007.

Connor graduated from Wisconsin in May with a 3.43 cumulative grade-point average with degrees in marketing and real estate and urban land economics.

One of 15 student-athletes named to the first team, Connor joins Nebraska's Levi Gipson as athletes from the Big Ten represented on the squad. Luke Caldwell of New Mexico was named the winner of the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award.

Connor will compete Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the first round of the 1500 meters at the 2014 USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California.

UW's Academic All-Americans
2014: Reed Connor (1st team)
2013: Elliot Krause (1st team)
2012: Elliot Krause (2nd team)
2011: Elliot Krause (3rd team)
2010: Jack Bolas (1st team)
2009: Jack Bolas (2nd team)
2007: Nate Brown (1st team), Joe Detmer (1st team), Tim Nelson (2nd team)
2006: Nate Brown (1st team), Joe Detmer (2nd team)
2005: Nate Brown (1st team), Joe Detmer (3rd team)
2003: Josh Spiker (2nd team)
2002: Josh Spiker (3rd team)
2000: Jay Schoenfelder (2nd team)
1997: Matt VanderZanden (2nd team)
1993: Donovan Bergstrom (3rd team)
1992: Donovan Bergstrom (3rd team)
1990: Eric Stabb (3rd team)
1986: Scott Jenkins (honorable mention)

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