Baylor's Stafford named Big 12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

IRVING, Texas - The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2019 Fall Scholar-Athletes of the Year. The following student-athletes have been selected as award winners for their respective sports based on a vote of each sport head coaching group.

The winners:
2019 BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Shelly Stafford, Baylor, Gr., Cypress, Texas

· Pursuing a masters in Sport Management with a 3.80 grade point average and 100 percent participation.

· First back-to-back Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award winner in program history.

· Two-time unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection after leading the Bears in hitting percentage (.375) and helping BU to a No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Championship.

2019 BIG 12 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Thomas Pollard, Iowa State, Sr., Ames, Iowa

· Currently holds a 3.97 GPA and participated in 100 percent of competitions this fall, as he earns a degree in supply chain management/statistics.

· Helped guide ISU to a Big 12 team title and fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championship.

· Placed 15th individually at the Big 12 Cross Country Championship to earn All-Big 12 honors.

2019 BIG 12 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY CO-SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Cailie Logue, Iowa State, Jr., Erie, Kan.

· Kinesiology major with a 3.98 grade point average that participated in 66 percent of competitions.

· Two-time Big 12 Women’s Runner of the Year (2018 and 2019) after capturing the 2019 Big 12 Championship and Midwest Regional individual titles.

· Finished 15th at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championship, earning All-America status.

2019 BIG 12 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY CO-SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Taylor Somers, Oklahoma State, Jr., Omaha, Neb.

· Presently holds a 4.00 grade-point average as a psychology major that participated in 75 percent of meets.

· Led OSU to a team title at 2019 Big 12 Cross Country Championship, placing second individually and earning All-Big 12 honors.

· Finished 18th at 2019 NCAA Championship to garner All-America honors.

2019 BIG 12 FOOTBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Adam Holtorf, Kansas State, Sr., Seward, Neb.

· Majoring in agribusiness with a 3.916 GPA and participated in every game.

· 2018 and 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree and finalist for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, given to college football’s top-scholar-athlete.

· Started every game for the Wildcats at center, helping K-State to an 8-4 mark and earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

2019 BIG 12 SOCCER SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Kaylee Dao, Oklahoma, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.

· Earning a graduate degree in human relations while holding a 4.0 GPA and 100 percent participation this season.

· Garnered 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team and Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team honors.

· Named All-Big 12 First Team for third season in a row with a unanimous selection in 2019 after scoring a career-high 13 goals, including five game-winners.

The Big 12 Conference established its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2012-13. A recipient is named in each conference-sponsored sport. Every Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league head coaches for that sport, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes. Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominees must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing), have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher, participate in at least 20 percent of the team’s scheduled contests and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.