LA Tech’s Kaufman, Killian Named to C-USA XC All-Academic Team

Nov. 9, 2017

IRVING, Texas - A pair of Louisiana Tech cross country runners have been recognized for their achievements in the classroom with both Kacie Kaufman and Conner Killian being voted to the 2017 InTouch Credit Union C-USA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Teams, the league office announced Thursday.

Louisiana Tech was one of only two schools (along with Charlotte) in the league to have a student-athlete named to both the men’s all-academic team as well as the women’s squad.

As a junior for the Lady Techsters, Kaufman appears on C-USA’s All-Academic team for the second year in a row after producing a 4.0 GPA as a communications major at Louisiana Tech. Kaufman, who is also a two-time recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, was LA Tech’s top finisher in all four meets she competed in and also defended her first-place finish at the 2017 Louisiana Tech Mook Four Triple-Duals.

On the men’s All-Academic team, Conner Killian represented the Bulldogs after posting a 3.86 GPA as a forestry major at Louisiana Tech. The redshirt freshman raced in all five meets for the Bulldogs this season and recorded three top 10 finishes, while also being LA Tech’s top finisher twice on the year. Killian was highlighted on the 2017 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, while he was also a recipient of the conference’s academic medal.

This weekend, Killian is one of two Bulldogs who will compete in the NCAA South Central Regionals, which will be hosted by Texas A&M at the Dale Watts Cross Country Course in College Station, Texas. Austin Ballow will also represent LA Tech this weekend in the NCAA Regionals in Texas. 



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2017 InTouch Credit Union C-USA Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team

Todd Gunzenhauser | Charlotte | RS Fr. | 4.00 | Mechanical Engineering

Lachlan Shiver | Florida Atlantic | So. | 3.96 | Biology

Conner Killian | Louisiana Tech | RS Fr. | 3.86 | Forestry

*Sampson Laari | Middle Tennessee | Sr. | 3.775 | Sport, Leisure and Tourism Studies

*Antony Kosgei | UTEP | Jr. | 3.42 | Industrial Engineering

Taylor Scarbrough | WKU | So. | 4.0 Finance

2017 InTouch Credit Union C-USA Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Team

Katie Tomasi | Charlotte | So. | 4.00 | Biology

*Kacie Kaufman | Louisiana Tech | Jr. | 4.00 | Communication

Victoria Junious | North Texas | Sr. | 3.98 | Kinesiology

Elsa Racasan | Rice | Sr. | 4.11 | Kinesiology

Courtney Filliben | Southern Miss | Sr. | 3.87 | Microbiology

Emily Drouin | UAB | Sr. | 3.89 | Nursing

*Repeat Selections


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