Kali Baker wins All-District Academic Honors
Senior cross country/track & field runner Kali Baker (Las Vegas, Nev.) picked up yet another set of honors when she was named to the 2007 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-District second team in recognition of her combination of athletic and academic success over her career.
The math education major just returned from her third NCAA Championships where she just missed qualifying for the finals of the 800-meters by .05 seconds. The stellar distance runner has been a part of all three of the program’s WAC Championships teams, having won All-WAC honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field every season she has competed. She become the first Wolf Pack student-athlete to win Indoor All-America honors in the mile back in 2006.
In April, Baker was honored with the Ruth Russell Award, given each year by the University of Nevada to its top female student-athlete. She is member of the All-WAC and United States Track and Cross Country Coaches' Association Academic teams. The Outstanding Performer at the 2006 WAC Indoor Championships, she has won a total of eight WAC medals, including four individual wins and a relay team victory, and holds six school records.
To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution (thus, true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible transfers are not eligible). In the cases of transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates, the athlete must have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution to be eligible. The first-team honorees from each district go on to the ballot for the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All America Team.