Oklahoma Baptist has placed three of its athletes on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Track and Field/Cross Country Teams.
Baker, a junior from Sapulpa, was a cross country All-American and qualified for outdoor nationals in the 10k and marathon. He is a biology major with a 3.89 grade point average.
Ellis, a junior from Midlothian, Texas, has a 3.93 grade point average in applied communication and qualified for the NAIA outdoor meet in the steeplechase.
Shimanek, a junior from Hennessey, has a 3.96 grade point average in pre-allied health and placed second in the pole vault, earning All-America status at the NAIA meet.
The Academic All-America team takes into consideration both academic and athletic excellence. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
This is the first year OBU has had three Academic All-Americans in the same season.