CU Buffs cross country earns 17 Pac-12 All-Academic honors

Awards continue to roll in for the Colorado cross country teams as 17 individuals were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Teams.

The men placed a total of 10 athletes on the team with two earning first team honors, one second team recognition and seven on the honorable mention squad. The women also placed a pair on the first team, one on the second team and four received honorable mention status.

Senior Ben Saarel (Salt Lake City, Utah) led Colorado with his second selection to the first team. Saarel, an engineering physics major, has recorded a very impressive 3.97 GPA. He is joined on the first team by juniors Kaitlyn Benner (Superior, Colo.) and Adam Peterman (Missoula, Mont.), as well as redshirt sophomore Mackenzie Caldwell (Columbus, Ind.). Benner, a chemical and biological engineering major, owns a 3.90 GPA, while Caldwell has earned a 3.89 GPA as an accounting major. Peterman, an environmental studies and geology double-major has recorded a 3.77 GPA.

Earlier this season Clark and Saarel were named the Pac-12 Cross Country Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete needs to have a minimum 3.00 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor to the team.


First Team: Adam Peterman (second overall selection), Ben Saarel (second selection)

Second Team: Paul Miller (second selection)

Honorable Mention: Ryan Forsyth, Reilly Friedman, Ethan Gonzales, Chris Herrick, Joe Klecker, Christian Martin (second selection), Justice Ramos


First Team: Kaitlyn Benner (second selection), Melanie Nun (second overall selection), Mackenzie Caldwell

Second Team: Melanie Nun (second overall selection)

Honorable Mention: Erin Clark (third selection), Dani Jones, Karina Mann, Lucy May (third overall selection)