Today the Big 12 Conference announced its Fall Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Junior Cailie Logue was named 2019 Big 12 Women’s Cross Country Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Junior Thomas Pollard was named the 2019 Big 12 Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Courtesy Cyclones Athletic Department, click here! Feature photo:Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU and his parents.
©Jamie Pollard 2019
Logue is Iowa State’s third Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in school history, Pollard is the first Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient.
Oklahoma State All-American, Taylor Somers, was named Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year with Logue.
Logue’s 2019 cross country trophy case continues to accumulate hardware. The Erie, Kan., native finished 15th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship to earn All-America honors. Logue claimed her second-straight NCAA Regional and Big 12 individual crowns at the Regional and Conference Championships. She is just the third runner in Big 12 history to repeat as champion.
Following the season, Logue was name the 2019 Big 12 Cross Country Women’s Runner of the Year, as well as the 2019 Midwest Regional Female Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season. She became just the second female to be named Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year in multiple seasons.
During the regular season, Logue was once again the anchor for Amy Rudolph‘s young lineup. She finished eighth individually at the Joe Piane Invitational and was awarded Big 12 Runner of the Week honors for her performance. She also posted a 25th-place finish in a loaded field at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.
Logue, who is a 3.98 student in Kinesiology, earned Cross Country First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the second-straight season.
Pollard was an integral piece to Iowa State’s 2019 cross country season, which was the best that the program had seen in the last 25 years. The Gilbert, Iowa, native ran in every race for the Cyclones in 2019.
Pollard and the Cyclones made their fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championship, which is the second-longest streak in school history. There, the Cyclones finished fourth in the team race, earning a trophy-finish for the first time since ISU won the national title in 1990. Pollard posted a top-100 finish individually, placing 95th.
For the third time of his career, Pollard earned All-Big 12 recognition. He raced to a 15th-place finish at the Big 12 Championship. He was one of seven Cardinal and Gold runners to earn All-Big 12 recognition, aiding Iowa State to its third-straight Big 12 team title. Pollard followed that up with an All-Region performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship, taking 18th individually.
Pollard is a three-time Cross Country First Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree, studying Supply Chain Management and Statistics with a 3.97 GPA.
Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year
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.