KU Cross Country’s Buchanan Named Big 12 Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year
IRVING, Texas – Kansas junior Reid Buchanan was named the Big 12 Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year the conference announced as it released its 2013 fall sports recipients Tuesday. The honor marks the first time a KU cross country runner has won the award and the fifth Kansas athlete to be named a scholar athlete since the award’s inception in 2012.
Buchanan sports a 3.47 grade point average as an electrical engineering major at Kansas. The Manhattan, Kan., native is also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member and has been one of KU cross country’s top-four runners in each race he has competed in over the last two seasons.
In 2013, Buchanan led the KU men to a fifth-place team finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, the group’s highest finish at the meet in seven seasons. He also garnered All-Region honors after tallying a 12th-place individual finish which earned himself an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Buchanan went on to take 142nd at the meet held in Terre Haute, Ind., the best finish by a Jayhawk at the national meet since 2006.
The student-athletes selected for the awards were chosen for their respective sports based on a vote of each sport’s head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.